In the past, digital processes ended at the latest where the legal requirement for written form stipulated printed and signed documents as well as postal dispatch. As a result of the EU Regulation no. 910/2014 on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the European internal market (eIDAS) as well as the annulment of the Signatures Act and the Signature Regulation dated 1 July 2016, it is now finally possible to fully digitise processes by means of electronic signatures. The qualified electronic signature serves as evidence that an electronic document was issued by a legal or natural person and also verifies the origin and integrity of a document.
afb’s 'Advanced Digital Signature Management' Fast Integration Business Service is employed wherever documents have to be legally protected by an electronic signature. It reduces the burden on the parties involved by reducing the number of paper documents and thus simplifying processing.