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Published on Thursday, August 26, 2021

IATA backs EU Digital Covid Certificate as the global standard

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has urged states to make the EU Digital Covid Certificate (DCC) a global standard for digital vaccine certificates.

It hailed the European Commission for its commitment to secure digital verification for cross-border travel and the speed it was able to roll it out.

"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," said Conrad Clifford, IATA's Deputy Director General.

IATA says the EU DCC meets several key criteria that makes a digital vaccination certificate effective.

This is the flexibility to be used in both paper and digital format, QR code verification for speed and security, and 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.

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.

With no 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 also fully supported by IATA Travel Pass.

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