Digital certificates are used in a number of electronic applications that place importance on authenticity, integrity and non-repudiation. Examples of this are submitting annual accounts online with the Central Balance Sheet Office, the mandatory electronic declaration of advance tax payment, submitting VAT declarations, DIMONA, the electronic customs declarations within the scope of PLDA, etc. DigiChambers also uses digital certificates.
Chambers of commerce in Belgium have been the registration authority for PersonalSign 3 Pro certificates since the founding of GlobalSign in 1997. These are digital certificates based on what is known as Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), indicating that the holder represents a certain organisation. While the certificates are issued by GlobalSign, the chambers perform a physical verification of the person the certificate is intended for beforehand, and check whether this person is actually permitted to act for the organisation in question.