(26 Aug 2021)
IATA has commended 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 to travel. In the absence of
a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it
should serve as a blueprint for other nations looking to implement
digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and its
associated economic benefits,” said Conrad Clifford, IATA’s Deputy
The EU DCC meets several key criteria which have
been identified as important if a digital vaccination certificate
is to be effective:
– Format: The DCC has the flexibility to be used
in both paper and digital format.
– QR Code: The DCC QR code can be included in both
digital and paper format. It contains essential information as
well as a digital signature to make sure the certificate is
– 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 be
also used to distribute encrypted data of non-EU certificate
issuers other issuers. The EU has also developed a specification
for machine readable Validation Rules for cross-country travel.
The EU DCC is implemented in the 27 EU member
states and a number of reciprocal agreements have been agreed with
other states’ own vaccination certificates, 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 consistent with the latest
World Health Organization Guidance and is fully supported by
The DCC also enables holders
to access non-aviation sites in Europe that require proof of
vaccination, such as museums, sporting events and concerts.
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