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Electronic Identification (eIDAS)
Article 17

Article 17 — Supervisory body

  1. Member States shall designate a supervisory body established in their territory or, upon mutual agreement with another Member State, a supervisory body established in that other Member State. That body shall be responsible for supervisory tasks in the designating Member State.

    Supervisory bodies shall be given the necessary powers and adequate resources for the exercise of their tasks.

  2. Member States shall notify to the Commission the names and the addresses of their respective designated supervisory bodies.
  3. The role of the supervisory body shall be the following:
    1. to supervise qualified trust service providers established in the territory of the designating Member State to ensure, through ex ante and ex post supervisory activities, that those qualified trust service providers and the qualified trust services that they provide meet the requirements laid down in this Regulation;
    2. to take action if necessary, in relation to non-qualified trust service providers established in the territory of the designating Member State, through ex post supervisory activities, when informed that those non-qualified trust service providers or the trust services they provide allegedly do not meet the requirements laid down in this Regulation.
  4. For the purposes of paragraph 3 and subject to the limitations provided therein, the tasks of the supervisory body shall include in particular:
    1. to cooperate with other supervisory bodies and provide them with assistance in accordance with Article 18;
    2. to analyse the conformity assessment reports referred to in Articles 20(1) and 21(1);
    3. to inform other supervisory bodies and the public about breaches of security or loss of integrity in accordance with Article 19(2);
    4. to report to the Commission about its main activities in accordance with paragraph 6 of this Article;
    5. to carry out audits or request a conformity assessment body to perform a conformity assessment of the qualified trust service providers in accordance with Article 20(2);
    6. to cooperate with the data protection authorities, in particular, by informing them without undue delay, about the results of audits of qualified trust service providers, where personal data protection rules appear to have been breached;
    7. to grant qualified status to trust service providers and to the services they provide and to withdraw this status in accordance with Articles 20 and 21;
    8. to inform the body responsible for the national trusted list referred to in Article 22(3) about its decisions to grant or to withdraw qualified status, unless that body is also the supervisory body;
    9. to verify the existence and correct application of provisions on termination plans in cases where the qualified trust service provider ceases its activities, including how information is kept accessible in accordance with point (h) of Article 24(2);
    10. to require that trust service providers remedy any failure to fulfil the requirements laid down in this Regulation.
  5. Member States may require the supervisory body to establish, maintain and update a trust infrastructure in accordance with the conditions under national law.
  6. By 31 March each year, each supervisory body shall submit to the Commission a report on its previous calendar year’s main activities together with a summary of breach notifications received from trust service providers in accordance with Article 19(2).
  7. The Commission shall make the annual report referred to in paragraph 6 available to Member States.
  8. The Commission may, by means of implementing acts, define the formats and procedures for the report referred to in paragraph 6. Those implementing acts shall be adopted in accordance with the examination procedure referred to in Article 48(2).