This Technical Report aims to be the entry point in relation to electronic signatures for any SME that is considering to dematerialize paper-based workflow(s) and seeks a sound legal and technical basis in order to integrate electronic signatures or electronic seals in this process. It is not intended to be a guide for SMEs active in the development of electronic signatures products and services – they should rather rely on the series ETSI EN 319 for building their offer – but it is a guide for SMEs CONSUMING e-Signature products and services.
This document builds on CEN/TR 419040, "Guidelines for citizens", explaining the concept and use of electronic signatures, to further help SMEs to understand the relevance of using e-Signatures within their business processes. It guides SMEs in discovering the level of electronic Signatures which is appropriate for their needs, extends the work to specific use-case scenarios, paying special attention to technologies and solutions, and addresses other typical concrete questions that SMEs need to answer before any making any decisions (such as the question of recognition of their e-Signature by third parties, within their sector, country or even internationally).
Once the decision is taken to deploy electronic signatures or electronic seals in support of their business, SMEs will then typically collaborate with their chosen providers of e electronic signatures or electronic seals products or services, which can be done on the basis of ETSI TR 119 100 "Guidance on the use of standards for signature creation and validation", that helps enterprises fulfil their business requirements. The present document presents the concepts and use of the standards relevant for SMEs developed under the Rationalised Framework to SMEs.
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CEN/TR 419030:2018 IDT