The European Union offers the most comprehensive set of requirements governing qualified electronic timestamps under eIDAS, which is EU Regulation No. 910/2014. (For details, see Section 6, Articles 41 and 42.) Published on 23 July 2014, eIDAS became binding on all EU member states on 1 July 2016.

The eIDAS Regulation:

  • creates an European internal market for eTS - namely electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamp, electronic delivery service and website authentication - by ensuring that they will work across borders and have the same legal status as traditional paper based processes. Only by providing certainty on the legal validity of all these services, businesses and citizens will use the digital interactions as their natural way of interaction.

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