Does this section apply to us?

You should read this section if you are established in the UK and provide trust services under Regulation (EU) 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (eIDAS Regulation).

If you are not a provider of trust services, this section does not apply to you.

Trust services are electronic signatures, electronic seals, electronic time stamps, electronic registered delivery services or certificates related to these services, and website authentication certificates. See our Guide to eIDAS for more information.

What are the key points?

The EU eIDAS Regulation aims to enhance trust in electronic transactions. It provides for cross-border recognition of electronic ID and consistent EU rules on electronic identification and trust services. It sets out requirements for trust service providers and what they need to do to gain qualified status, which entitles them to use an EU trust mark.

The eIDAS Regulation is an EU regulation, which means it became law in the UK, without the need for a UK Act of Parliament. It is supplemented by UK eIDAS regulations. We expect the eIDAS Regulation to be incorporated into UK law under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, with the necessary changes so it makes sense in a UK-only context (UK eIDAS).

We expect the UK eIDAS will mirror the requirements of the EU eIDAS Regulation.

If before exit date you used a qualified trust service such as an e-signature service, whether based in the UK or EU, this will continue to be recognised in the UK and the EU.

The EU eIDAS Regulation provides for mutual recognition of trust services across the EU. It also sets out cross-EU notification and cooperation arrangements.

How can we prepare?

  • On exit date, the UK eIDAS will apply. So you should ensure you comply with its requirements. 
  • If you offer trust services in the EU, you may also still need to comply with EU eIDAS law in other member states, and the UK will no longer regulate that aspect of your services. However, we hope to continue working closely with EU supervisory authorities.