International Air Transport Association Backs European Digital Certificate As Global Standard

GENEVA — The International Air Transport Association has commended the European Commission for its leadership and speed in delivering the European Union Digital Covid-19 Certificate (DCC) and urged states to make it their global standard for digital vaccine certificates.

The International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines founded in 1945. It has been described as a cartel since. In addition to setting technical standards for airlines, they also organized tariff conferences that served as a forum for price-fixing.

“We are backing the @EU_Commission Digital Covid Certificate as the global standard for digital vaccine certificates. The #EUDCC is a proven solution that aligns with @WHO guidance and is supported by #IATATravelPass.” tweeted the International Air Transport Association.

The Digital Covid-19 Certificate was delivered in record time to help facilitate the reopening of European Union states to travel.

“In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccine certificates, it should serve as a blueprint for other nations looking to implement digital vaccination certificates to help facilitate travel and its associated economic benefits,” said Conrad Clifford, Deputy Director-General, International Air Transport Association.

The European Union Digital Covid-19 Certificate meets several vital criteria identified as necessary if a digital vaccination certificate is effective.

The European Union Digital Covid-19 Certificate is implemented in 27 member states of the European Union. Several reciprocal agreements have been agreed with other states’ own vaccination certificates, including Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine.

In the absence of a single global standard for digital vaccination certificates, up to 60 other countries are looking to use the Digital Covid-19 Certificate specification for their own certification.

International Air Transport Association said that Digital Covid-19 Certificate is an excellent model as it is consistent with the latest World Health Organisation Guidance and is fully supported by International Air Transport Association Travel Pass.

Another benefit of the Digital Covid-19 Certificate is that it enables holders to access non-aviation sites in Europe that require proof of vaccination, such as museums, sporting events, and concerts.

International Air Transport Association offered its collaboration to European Union Commission and any other interested state to further integrate the Digital Covid-19 Certificate into airline processes.

“International Air Transport Association wishes to offer its collaboration to European Union Commission and any other interested state to further integrate the Digital Covid-19 Certificate into airline processes for a secure and seamless passenger experience, such as support for selective disclosure of personal data,” said the statement.

(With inputs from ANI)

Edited by Saptak Datta and Ritaban Misra



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