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Common Specifications

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The Common Specifications set the pre- requisites for an interoperable European smart card infrastructure and are a beacon for implementing or revamping a smart card system. They consist of generic requirements, guidelines, architectural models, technical specifications, etc. , organised as follows:

eESC functional equirements and white papers:
Status and requirements in each of the main application areas
User requirements and Best Practice Manual
Global Interoperability Framework and privacy code of conduct for identification, authentication and electronic signature ( IAS) with smart cards
Juridical aspects of cross borders data flows
Cost transparency
Security and protection profiles
Multi- application architecture and business models
Contactless technology
Generic Card Reader
Public EID and Electronic Signature

Referenced Standards, Workshop agreements and other specifications
ETSI/ CEN Joint Workshops EESSI ( incl Area K and Area AA documents)
Common Criteria for Smart Card Security
NICSS documents
US NIST GSC documents

Dissemination, Implementation and deployment
Public Identity : eEpoch - Healthcare: Netc@ rds


GIF is the Common Specification building block for IAS access mechanisms to e- services. It can be implemented by any organisation in any form factor. The general Conceptual model is extended in the subparts of GIF o provide the interoperability framework for identification, authentication and electronic signature with smart cards. This modular smart card information system focuses on the public domain and provides a flexible set of
mechanisms for use by smart card communities wanting to be inter- operable.


In order to demonstrate the validity and establish a proof of concept for the eESC common specification deliverables, two specific demonstration and deployment projects have been launched.
In the field of identification authentication, and electronic signature for e- government, the eEpoch IST supported project will prove the validity of the specifications particularly those in the GIF by testing, implementation and, if required, enhancements. Seven pilot sites in six countries are involved and will demonstrate the practicalities of the common IAS module.
In the health domain, eESC partners have contributed to the ideas of Netc@ rds, the eTEN supported electronic E111/ E128 online form demonstrator for cross- border entitlement to health services.

Clustering activities

The eESC initiative has created and maintains links with
other IST smart card related projects in order to maximise
synergies and take into account the results of their activities.