» Accreditation for Certification to the ETSI scheme for Trust Service Providers – Call for Expressions of Interest

12 September, 2017

UKAS announced in a Technical Bulletin dated 21 July 2017 that Regulation (EU) 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (the eIDAS Regulation) came into force on 1 July 2017.

The Regulation requires Trust Service Providers (TSPs) to gain ‘qualified status’. This involves achieving certification from an accredited certification body through an approved scheme, i.e. a certification scheme that has been demonstrated as suitable to assess all of the requirements placed on TSPs by the Regulation.

Qualified status is then granted by the UK Supervisory Authority, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), after checking that all requirements have been met. A detailed description of the approval process is included in the ICO’s guidance document - Achieving ‘qualified status’ and ceasing to provide qualified trust services under the eIDAS Regulation - Information for trust service providers, obtainable through the following link - Achieving Qualified Status Guidance

The ETSI certification scheme which requires accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065 plus the requirements in ETSI EN 319 403 for the certification of Trust Service Providers has been confirmed as suitable for use with the eIDAS Regulation.

UKAS is proposing to establish a project to develop accreditation for the certification to the ETSI scheme. UKAS intends to run a pilot programme and is inviting expressions of interest from organisations that wish to seek accreditation for this activity. Participants in the pilot assessment will be required to agree to the terms of reference of the pilot programme and will be subject to assessment by UKAS against the international standard ISO/IEC 17065: 2012 (Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services).

On satisfactory completion of assessment by UKAS and on timely completion of the pilot assessment programme requirements, the applicants will be accredited to ISO/IEC 17065 for certification to the ETSI scheme.

The pilot programme will consist of the following key stages:

  • Expressions of interest from potential applicants 
  • Consultation meeting with those who expressed interest to discuss the objectives and terms of the pilot
  • Applications for accreditation
  • Planning and assessment of pilot applicants
  • Announcement of accreditation
  • Review/lessons learned discussion with stakeholders (if necessary)

Those who wish to express an interest to participate in the pilot programme are requested to contact the UKAS Development Coordinator at alison.severn@ukas.com and provide their contact details, no later than 31 October 2017.