It is a signature that has the same legal valuein respect of data recorded in electronic form as a handwritten signature has in respect of data recorded on paper.

In all EU member states, the common legal reference framework is Regulation (EU) 910/2014 of the European Parliament and of the Council, applicable since 1 July 2014. In Spain, the basic rule is Law 59/2003, of 19 December, on Electronic Signatures, which has undergone various amendments to adapt to the European standard.

A qualified electronic signature is an advanced electronic signature that has been created with a qualified electronic certificate, using a qualified signature creation device.

The advanced electronic signature must guarantee:

  • I do not repudiate.
  • Identity of the signatory.
  • Integrity of signed data.

Requirements that have a legal and technical scope.

For a neophyte, i.e. for more than 90% of people, all of the above can be summarised as follows: an electronic signature can have the same legal equivalence as a handwritten signature, but certain legal and technical requirements have to be met. Going further than this usually leads to more confusion than clarity.

The question is not how it should be done, or which instruments should be used, but who is officially accredited to provide us with these instruments and to assume the legal responsibility for their use. To do otherwise is to run the risk of falling into the hands of "snake oil" salesmen who, relying on general ignorance, seek their business opportunity by supplying ingenious and sophisticated solutions, whose legal basis does not go beyond the mere illusion they are selling. Detecting them is easy, their offer is based on referencing who uses it, instead of referencing the legal standard they comply with and the liability they assume.

Aware of this situation, the European Parliament and the Council have created the EU Trustmark (SR(EU)2015/806), which allows for a simple, recognisable and clear identification of qualified trust services, and determines that only Qualified Trust Service Providers can make use of it.

The PAPYRUM & ANF AC strategic alliance offers the market a global solution with the "EU" trust label.

The web platform KULTEO Papyrum guarantees accessibility, high availability and mobility on any device. With it, users can electronically sign a document with total reliability and legal validity, avoiding the traditional printing, signing and scanning processes.