The Icelandic Medicines Agency (IMA) introduces electronic signatures

An electronic signature leads to more effective resolution of errands, less use of paper and postal cost.


As a part of the information and environmental policies, the Icelandic Medicines Agency (IMA) has recently prepared for the introduction of electronic signatures for regulatory documents and documented responses. Initially, customers may expect to receive electronically signed documents as well as documents with handwritten signatures.

When IMA issues an electronically signed document, signatures are supported by a qualified certificate issued by Auðkenni hf. validated by intermediate certificate “Íslandsrót” issued by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs. An electronic signature with such qualified electronic certificates has the same legal effect as a handwritten signature.

IMA's customers may in the near future receive answers to queries sent by e-mail where the attached document is electronically signed. Please note that when a document has been signed electronically, the signature is an integral part of the document. Editing the document without invalidating the signature and the validity of the document is not possible.