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- Özgür Töre
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) commended the European Commission for its leadership and speed in implementing the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make this their global standard for digital vaccine certificates.
“The DCC was delivered in record time to facilitate the reopening of EU states to travel. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccination certificates, it should serve as a model for other countries looking to implement digital vaccination certificates to facilitate travel and the associated economic benefits, ”said Conrad Clifford, Deputy Director General of IATA.
The EU CCD meets several key criteria that have been identified as important for a digital vaccination certificate to be effective:
- Format: DCC has the flexibility to be used in both paper and digital format
- QR Code: The DCC QR code can be included in digital and paper format. It contains essential information as well as a digital signature to ensure that the certificate is genuine.
- Verification and Authentication: The European Commission has built a gateway through which the encrypted data used to sign DCCs and required to authenticate certificate signatures can be distributed across the EU. The gateway can also be used to distribute encrypted data from issuers of non-European certificates to other issuers. The EU has also developed a specification for machine-readable validation rules for travel across the country.
The EU CCD is implemented in all 27 EU Member States and a number of reciprocal agreements have been made with vaccination certificates from other states including Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccination certificates, up to 60 other countries are looking to use the DCC specification for their own certification.
The DCC is a great model because it complies with the latest World Health Organization guidelines and is fully supported by IATA Travel Pass. Another advantage of the DCC is that it allows holders to access non-aeronautical sites in Europe that require proof of vaccination, such as museums, sporting events and concerts.
IATA would like to offer its collaboration to the European Commission and any other interested state to further integrate DCC into airline processes for a secure and transparent passenger experience, such as supporting selective disclosure of personal data.