The first virtual webinar was held on 2 December 2021 via Zoom. The theme of the webinar was “Digital Health Certificate for Cross-Border Mobility”. Experts from various international organizations, namely the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the Commons Project and the European Commission contributed to this webinar. A total of 94 participants, consisting of delegates from government authorities, international organizations as well as solutions providers from 31 countries, actively participated in the webinar. Some of the topics discussed were:
Download the First Virtual Road to BMIC6 Agenda here.
01Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates (DDCC)
Digital Documentation of COVID-19 Certificates (DDCC) is not a policy document but the guidance on technical specifications. Countries are responsible for choosing modalities and service solutions to implement the certificates, considering that a policy must be in place to support both the issuance and use. DDCC are not identity documents and countries must determine whether they want to have identity binding in the certificates. Furthermore, countries must ensure that the trust frameworks for validation of COVID-19 certificates with other countries exist. DDCC documents set the foundation to support the internationally recognized patient summary and could be expanded for other documents, like children’s immunization or personal health records.
02IATA Travel Pass
IATA Travel Pass is a digital system designed by IATA to address the extended processing time and lack of verification. It is an authenticated and accurate system that only accept COVID-19 information from trusted labs. Moreover, the system is decentralized and allows passengers to control their own data and was designed with data privacy in mind.
03CommonCheck (a digital platform developed for sharing health data)
The Commons Project Foundation and its digital platform products, specifically the SMART Health Cards, is a digital platform developed for sharing health data, which has been adopted by major US health organizations, several countries and major mobile phone companies as their default platform. CommonCheck is designed for the Governments to identify health status of incoming travelers and is used not only for entering the country but also for domestic use in that country.
CommonCheck supports the verification of several credential types and will help the Governments to check traveller vaccination certificates and test results against the rules set by that country. The verification process needs to be implemented by the government as part of its border management process, and that will allow the airlines and domestic verifications and many other solutions to follow.
04EU Digital COVID Certificate
EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is a framework that accepts three types of interoperable certificate (e.g., vaccination, test, and recovery). Unlike other passes, the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate is not created for border management but provides similar authentication to the IATA Travel Pass and is implemented by Member States, which makes it quite versatile. The core competencies of the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate includes data protection, privacy, transparency, and flexibility.