Supervision of certification service providers established in the
state who issue qualified certificates to the public.
The Minister is required under section 29(3) of the E-Commerce Act 2000 to
prescribe a scheme of supervision of certification service providers (CSPs)
established in the state who issue qualified certificates to the public.
No.233 of 2010 Electronic Commerce (Certification Service Providers Supervision
Scheme) Regulations 2010) were made by the Minister on 31st May
These regulations require that CSP’s who issue qualified
certificates to the public notify the Minister when they commence providing
certain E-Commerce sector services and require that they provide evidence
annually thereafter that the qualified certificates which they issue to the
public meet the requirements of Annex I of the schedule of the E-Commerce Act
2000 and that the Certification Service Provider itself meets the requirements
of Annex II of the E-Commerce Act 2000.
The definitions in the E-Commerce Act, 2000 apply;
“certificate” means an electronic attestation which links signature
verification data to a person or public body, and confirms the identity of the
person or public body
“certification service provider” means a person or public body who issues
certificates or provides other services related to electronic signatures
“electronic signature” means data in electronic form attached to,
incorporated in or logically associated with other electronic data and which
serves as a method of authenticating the purported originator, and includes an
advanced electronic signature
“qualified certificate” means a certificate which meets the requirements set
out in Annex I and is provided by a certification service provider who fulfils
the requirements set out in Annex II
Currently, the Irish National
Accreditation Board (www.inab.ie) oversee certification bodies who certify
that clients meet the requirements in Annex II of the E-Commerce Act 2000.
The Department lists those Certification Service Providers issuing qualified
certificates who have notified the Minister and those who have proof of
compliance with Annex II.
All certification service providers established in the state who issue
qualified certificates to the public are reminded that they should notify the
Minister and provide evidence of fulfilling the requirements of Annexes I and II
of the E-Commerce Act 2000 annually in order to remain on the
Notified with proof of compliance;