Electronic signatures

Explains what electronic signatures are, how to use them, and the role of trust services.

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Electronic signatures: guide


Provides guidance on electronic signatures, including:

  • what they are
  • how to use them
  • different types available
  • glossary of terms and definitions
Published 8 September 2014
Last updated 18 August 2016 + show all updates
  1. Updated to reflect the new regulations.

  2. First published.