IATA endorses the European digital Covid certificate as a global standard

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IATA endorses the European digital Covid certificate as a global standard
Source: IATA
August 26, 2021

The International Air Transport Association has recognized the European Commission for the speed in which they have given a response to regain connectivity

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) praised the European Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the EU Digital COVID Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make it their global standard for digital vaccine certificates.

“The DCC was delivered in record time to help facilitate the reopening of EU states for travel. In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it should serve as a model for other nations seeking to implement digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and its associated economic benefits, ”said Conrad Clifford, IATA Deputy Director General. .

The EU DCC meets several key criteria that have been identified as important for a digital vaccination certificate to be effective:

  • Format: the DCC has the flexibility to be used both on paper and in digital format.
  • QR code: The DCC QR code can be included in both digital and paper format. It contains essential information and a digital signature to ensure that the certificate is authentic.
  • Verification and authentication: The European Commission has created a gateway through which the encrypted data used to sign DCC and necessary to authenticate certificate signatures can be distributed throughout the EU. The gateway can also be used to distribute encrypted data from non-EU certificate issuers and other issuers. The EU has also developed a specification for machine-readable validation rules for cross-country travel.

The EU DCC is implemented in all 27 EU member states and several reciprocal agreements have been agreed with the vaccination certificates of 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 an excellent model as it is consistent with the latest World Health Organization Guide and is fully IATA Travel Pass compliant. Another benefit of the DCC is that it allows holders to access non-aviation related sites in Europe that require proof of vaccination, such as museums, sporting events and concerts.

IATA would like to offer its collaboration to the EU Commission and any other interested state to further integrate the DCC into airline processes for a safe and seamless experience for passengers, such as support for the selective disclosure of personal data.


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