Under the eIDAS Regulation (EU) No 910/2014, a qualified certificate for electronic signatures refers to “a certificate for electronic signatures, that is issued by a qualified trust service provider”and meets the requirements specified within the regulation.
According to the requirements listed in Annex I of eIDAS, qualified certificates forelectronic signaturesmust contain:
An indication that is identifiable through automated processing that the certificate is a qualified certificate for electronic signatures
A data set that clearly represents the qualified trust service provider who issued the qualified certificate, including such information as the:
Service provider’s Member State where the entity is established
Name and registration number if the provider is a legal person
Name of the provider if he or she is a natural person
Name of the signatory or indication if a pseudonym is used
Corresponding electronic signature validation data and electronic signature creation data
Information identifying the certificate’s period of validity from start to finish
Qualified trust service provider’s unique certificate identity code
Issuing qualified trust service provider’s advanced electronic signature or electronic seal
Location of where the certificate that supports the advanced electronic signature is available free of charge
An indication, preferably in automated processing form, of where the electronic signature creation data associated to the electronic signature validation data is located in the qualified electronic signature creation device.