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Focus on the electronic signature with CertEurope

CertEurope , publisher of secure solutions for the exchange of dematerialized documents, updates us on the electronic signature and the legal obligations related to the dematerialization of invoices.

[ =] What obligations to adopt the dematerialized invoice?
The legislator supervises the use of the electronic or electronic invoice so that it is legally valid and vis-à-vis the tax administration. In short, it's all about using an end-to-end electronic bill, making sure that the issuer is the one they pretend to be and that the electronic document has not been changed. The electronic signature responds to these constraints, but be careful, not just any electronic signature!

Authenticating the issuer
At the beginning of the process, you must be able to authenticate the issuer of the invoice, which means takes the form of a certificate issued to that issuer. This certificate is either a certificate of natural person or a certificate stamp server for a legal entity.

Sign the invoice
Each invoice must be signed via the certificate previously generated. This has the effect of verifying that not only is the issuer the one he claims to be, but also that the document is indeed the document itself has not been altered or altered.

Which certificate?
The certificate must be issued by a Trusted Third Party, such as CertEurope. As part of the dematerialization of invoices, it is mandatory to use a certificate RGS two stars minimum.
The tax administration defines it as: "Various electronic signatures exist and are accepted by the tax administration for the purpose of securing bills. Among them, only the advanced electronic signature founded by a qualified certificate and created by a secure signature creation device and electronic signatures conforming to the general level 2 or 3-star security level (RGS) guarantee independently the authenticity of the origin and integrity of the content of the invoices.

The General Security Repository (or RGS)
This repository, published by the administration, is the guide to "best practices" regarding the use of certificates and electronic signatures. It sets the rules that will allow users of these solutions to comply with the regulations in force. Thus a company which practices the electronic signature of the invoices by respecting the "guide" RGS can protect itself juridically in the event of dispute.

To know more
CertEurope, company of the group Oodrive and third of confidence, www.certeurope.fr
Official Bulletin of Public Finance (BOFIP), bofip.impots.gouv.fr/bofip/8867-PGP
The signature memento of the DCSSI, www.ssi.gouv.fr/ uploads / 2014/11 / signing-memento-v0-94.pdf