What is the scope of the services that tScheme can accredit?
tScheme can be used to accredit or approve any form of trust services which can be defined using a ‘Profile’. We support multiple trust schemes and frameworks. Our Profiles are independent and can be easily applied in a modular fashion to specific requirements.
We also develop new Profiles to meet specific requirements, either from scratch, or by modifying or extending existing Profiles. Get in touch if you have a need for a new Profile.
More about tScheme Profiles.
Is tScheme complimentary with key standards focusing on security and trust?
Yes, tScheme is complementary to key standards like ISO27001 Information Security Management Systems, good practice guidelines such as ISO 27018 for protecting privacy in the cloud, and the Fair Data Trust Mark.
tScheme focuses on ensuring the trust of specific services against precise Profiles that can be independently assessed. In simple terms, where such standards are used, tScheme approval is a logical extension.
How long does it usually take to acquire tScheme approval?
Usually the whole process takes around three months to complete, but it can take longer. If your service already has ISO 27001 or ISO 9000 certification, this can speed up tScheme approval.
What does tScheme Approval mean?
It means that an electronic trust service meets the standards of good practice for digital trust services defined by tScheme.
Why get tScheme Approval?
Business and consumer confidence is vital in the technology sector. An independent, transparent body such as tScheme provides the assurance needed to place trust in the service providers and their services. tScheme takes into account all the relevant legislation and has access to top experts who define the criteria, to which services are assessed.
The tScheme mark, the Approved Service mark, and the Registered Applicant Sign, are all registered trademarks, and can only used when granted by tScheme.
What is a conformity assessment body?
This is an organisation that is able to assess whether or not a trust service is able to meet the relevant requirements. Conformity assessment bodies must be formally accredited by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) and then need to be formally recognised by tScheme as competent to Assess services against the relevant Approval Profiles.