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A delivery platform is an information and communication technology system for the secure and traceable delivery of electronic messages. The traceability is ensured by way of electronic receipts, which are issued at the time of entry or the time of transfer of the electronic message to the recipient, containing a time stamp and which are digitally signed.
On 1 January 2011 the Ordinance on Electronic Transmission for Civil and Criminal Trials and for Debt Collection and Bankruptcy Proceedings (VeÜ-ZSSchK) and the Ordinance on Electronic Transmission for Administrative Proceedings (VeÜ-VwV) entered into force.
According to article 3 of the VeÜ-ZSSchK, the Federal Department of Finance (FDF), and within the FDF the Federal IT Steering Unit (FITSU) is responsible for the recognition of delivery platforms. The recognition is based on a catalogue of criteria developed in cooperation with the Federal Office of Justice (FOJ) of the Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) and external specialists. On the basis of this catalogue of criteria, the FITSU provisionally evaluates and recognises delivery platforms for purposes of article 15 VeÜ-ZSSchK.
With a view to final recognition, the FDF is called upon to issue an ordinance on the recognition of delivery platforms and a more detailed catalogue of criteria in the annex thereof. In this context, it is also being considered to have firms accredited by the Swiss Accreditation Service verify and confirm conformity with the criteria.
Operators of delivery platforms wishing to obtain provisional recognition by the FITSU in accordance with article 3 VeÜ-ZSSchK are requested to submit an application to the FITSU. The following records and documents must be submitted together with the application:
On the basis of such an application, the FITSU will initiate a recognition procedure and contact the applicant.
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