Remote Plugtests™ Event Makes XAdES Participation Easy

ETSI Headquarters, Sophia Antipolis, France -  9  January 2008  

ETSI is pleased to announce the very first remote XAdES interoperability event, 3 - 7 March 2008, supported by the XAdES Remote Plugtests™ Portal. Registration is available now and closes Friday 15 February 2008.

Remote participation is a significant asset to the event as particpants will not need to make expensive international travel arrangements.  Please visit the event web site at :

Tangible evidence of the importance of XAdES is demonstrated by the increasing levels of support at both the national legislation level within European countries, and within the marketplace where growing numbers of products now report capability for supporting XAdES signature generation and verification.

The Plugtests™ event will evaluate XAdES interoperability by focusing on the different XAdES forms standardized in ETSI TS 101 903 v1.3.2, including XAdES-BES, XAdES-EPES, XAdES-T, XAdES-C, XAdES-X Type 1, XAdES-X Type 2, XAdES-XL and XAdES-A.

The overall aims of the event are to: 

  • Enable participants to assess the level of XAdES interoperability
  • Improve the quality of XAdES specification by detecting current interoperability issues
  • Identify additional issues to be considered in future XAdES standardization activities
  • Ease introduction of XAdES signatures by providing the means to solve interoperability problems before widespread deployment

Participation is open to ETSI members and non-members, XAdES software vendors and vendors of platforms offering XAdES signatures production and/or verification capabilities which may ascertain the quality of their products, Service providers offering XAdES signature production and/or verification capabilities which may evaluate the platforms used in their provision of services. 

Anthony Wiles, Director - Centre for Testing & Interoperability, ETSI says:

'The two previous ETSI  face-to-face  XAdES Plugtests™ events attracted major XAdES implementers and had a significant impact on recent XAdES standardization activities with most recommendations from the event being incorporated into the latest XAdES version. ETSI is playing a key role in the development of electronic signatures related standards, including XAdES (ETSI TS 101 903)'. 


Notes for Editors

Event participants will be provided with the cryptographic material required for both generating and verifying XAdES signatures. This will include among others: signer certificates, CAs certificates, CRLs, OCSP responses and time-stamps. In addition, participants will be able to generate new test case definitions and signatures, which will be taken into consideration for extending the test cases set according to ETSI's discretion.

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