Royal Decree of 22 October 2017 setting forth the conditions, the procedure and the implications of the recognition of electronic identification services for public applications

 

The Royal Decree of 22 October 2017 sets forth the conditions, the procedure and the implications of the recognition of electronic identification services for public applications.

To gain access to public applications (such as Tax-on-web, for instance), citizens currently have various and reliable identification options open to them, which are available through the Federal Authentication Service (FAS). Citizens can login using their electronic identity card or a means of identification derived therefrom (e.g. a token, a security code, or "eID unconnected") which requires prior initial identification via the electronic identity card. Authentication by smartphone is already available too, but currently remains very complex and not very user-friendly. Swift and easy mobile identification is a key driver for digital and connected administration. This is a crucial element in the Digital Belgium plan.

This Royal Decree allows for external electronic identification - mainly mobile - services to be recognised, so as to keep costs under control and to foster innovation. These external identification services, developed and operated by private sector companies, will be made available through the Federal Authentication Service (FAS), in complement to the means of identification that have already been developed in-house. The recognition of these private services will also deliver greater ease of use for citizens, as they will be able to use the same identification service as the one they are using to gain access to private applications (banks, e-commerce, etc.).

The Royal Decree sets out the recognition criteria as well as the procedure and the implications of the recognition. The technical specifications are described in detail in the technical manual.

All parties who wish to have an electronic identification service recognised and licensed are to submit their application using the application form below.

More information

  • Royal Decree of 22 October 2017 setting forth the conditions, the procedure and the implications of the recognition of electronic identification services for public applications (only available in French or in Dutch)
  • Technical specifications related to the Royal Decree of recognition of partner’s electronic identification services
  • Application form related to the Royal Decree of recognition of partner's electronic identification services (only available in French or in Dutch)