Schemes & Profiles
A scheme is a definition of a trust framework, rather than the trust service itself. So a scheme will set out the parameters and standards that are required of a trust service. Trust service providers (TSPs) use schemes to create and administer trust services.
Examples of Trust Schemes for which tScheme has either developed Profiles for or used its core set of Profiles against which organisations are independently assessed are as follows:
- GOV.UK Verify – GOV.UK Verify is a service run by the Government Digital Service (GDS).
- Employee Authentication Service – Department for Education, Department for Work and Pensions covering access to sensitive systems.
- tScheme for Police – this covers PKI controlled access to key systems.
- Smart Metering Key Infrastructure (SMKI) – SMKI is the public key infrastructure (PKI) for smart meters in the UK.
- NHS Digital – NHS Digital exists to improve health and care by providing national information, data and IT services for patients, clinicians, commissioners and researchers.
Profiles cover the criteria against which TSPs will be assessed when they apply for tScheme approval.
tScheme in the private sector
Many major brands use tScheme approval for the services they offer organisations and consumers. This provides independent evidence of credibility and trust, in much the same way that ISO certification does for other business services and processes. tScheme approval signifies that the service conforms to one or more defined Profiles that has been audited and assessed independently.