Certifications and memberships

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SwissSign fulfils as trusted service provider (TSP) the requirements of the Swiss Certification Law (ZertES), the EU regulation standards (eIDAS, FINMA outsourcing guidelines, Webtrust and  ISO 27001. These recognitions entitle SwissSign to issue qualified electronic and advanced certificates in Switzerland and in the European Union (EU).

SwissSign is also a member of the CA/Browser Forum, the TeleTrusT European Bridge CA and the Adobe Approved Trust List and has been awarded the "swiss made software" label.


SwissSign AG has been a "recognised provider of certification services" in accordance with the Swiss Electronic Signature Act (ZertEs) for many years. This allows SwissSign to issue qualified certificates and products for qualified electronic signatures which enjoy great prestige under Swiss law.

For example, SwissSign issues the SuisseID. With its qualified certificate, a qualified electronic signature can be accorded the same status as a hand-written signature in accordance with the Swiss Code of Obligations. This recognition, however, also allows SwissSign to issue digital certificates to companies and organisations for electronic invoicing (ElDI-V) and archiving (OElDI) in accordance with Swiss law. The details are governed in the applicable Swiss legislation and implementation provisions.

This recognition does not cover other certificate products and services. The certifications associated with this recognition, however, guarantee a controlled level of quality for all certificates offered by SwissSign as well as compliance with the relevant international technical standards: e.g. ETSI EN 319 401, ETSI EN 319 411-1/2, ETSI EN 314 412-1/5, ETSI EN 319 421/22, ETSI EN 119 312, SR943.03 (ZertES), SR943.032 (VZertES), SR943032:1:2005 (TAV).

Growing demand for security solutions in the financial market

KPMG Ltd has confirmed that SwissSign meets the FINMA requirements for outsourcing banking services. Banks can outsource essential services to other providers if these meet the requirements of banking secrecy and data protection. According to the FINMA circular 2008/7 «Outsourcing Banks» (revised in December 2012), this includes automated data manipulation. Here financial service providers outsource the protection of electronic communication and business processes so they can concentrate on their core business. The compliance requirements regarding the protection of client data still have to be fulfilled here. The demand for security solutions is rising constantly. 

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CA/Browser Forum

The CA/Browser Forum is a group of certification authorities (CA) and manufacturers of operating systems, web browsers and other web applications. SwissSign has been a member since 2009.

The members of the CA/Browser Forum work together closely with the objective of increasing Internet security. They define and publish the standards and rules for the issuing and management of SSL certificates. This means that:

  • The root certificates of certification authorities (CAs) are integrated within web browser certificate stores – subject to the fulfilment of the baseline requirements, EV guidelines and network security demands.
  • Web browser manufacturers can specially indicate the Internet sites of trusted providers in the browser display.
  • Users can ultimately recognise secure Internet sites on the basis of a symbol (e.g. a padlock) or the colour highlighting of the accessed Internet address.

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TeleTrusT European Bridge CA

SwissSign is a technology partner of the TeleTrusT European Bridge CA (EBCA). The EBCA brings together individual, equal public key infrastructures (PKIs) within a PKI network of trust. It allows for secure and authentic communication between the involved companies, institutions and public administrative bodies. The EBCA is a project of the IT Security Association Germany (TeleTrusT).

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swiss made software

SwissSign is a member of the "swiss made software" label. The label stands for Swiss values and quality in the area of software development.

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Adobe Approved Trust List

Thanks to the Adobe Approved Trust List (AATL) programme, users can create digital signatures which are classified as trusted upon the opening of signed documents in Acrobat or Reader from version 9.

In both Acrobat and Reader, a list of trusted digital root signatures is downloaded from an Adobe-hosted website every 30 days. A signature linked to a certificate on this list is classified as trusted.

The trusted root certificates are checked by Adobe in compliance with special technical requirements. These ensure high standards in the areas of identity verification and signature credentials. The certificates contain individual and official credentials as well as the credentials of accredited certification providers. SwissSign is a member of the programme and the highest level certificates (EV, SuisseID and organisation certificates) are listed in the AATL.

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eco Association of the Internet Industry

eco, with more than 1,000 member organizations, is the largest Internet industry association in Europe. Since 1995, we have been instrumental in the development of the Internet in Germany, fostering new technologies, infrastructures and markets, and forming framework conditions. In the Competence Network, a range of specialists and decision makers of the Internet industry are represented, and current and future Internet themes are driven forward, together with a team of more than 60 staff.

eco is a founding member of EuroISPA, the umbrella organization for European Internet associations, eco also represents the German industry with a seat on the Council of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) at ICANN, and is a driving force behind the Internet Governance Forum – in short: We are shaping the Internet.

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