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Settlement on the recognition of certificates of Common Criteria in the field of information technology security.

The Settlement on the recognition of certificates of Common Criteria in the field of information technology security (known by its initials in english CCRA) specifies the required profile of common criteria Certificates, certification bodies and Evaluation of the security of information technologies.

The Settlement is premised on the use of products and systems of information technology (TI) whose security has been certified is one of the main safeguards to protect the information and the systems that operate them.

The security certificates are issued by recognized certification Agencies to products or it systems (or profiles of protection) that have been successfully evaluated by evaluation services, in accordance with the common standards (ISO/IEC 15408). In Spain the certificates are issued by the The certification body of the national assessment and certification of the It security. (Opens in new window)

The current version of the Settlement (Opens in new window) it was ratified and published on 8 september 2014 by 26 countries, including Spain; on the part of our country, the ratification was carried out jointly between the centre Cryptologic, national and the state secretariat for Public administrations. The 26 countries signatories are: Austria, Australia, Canada, united states, denmark, finland, France, greece, hungary, India, Israel, italy, japan, Malaysia, netherlands, new Zealand, norway, Pakistan, united kingdom, czech republic, republic of korea, singapore, sweden and Turkey.

This new version of the Settlement that seeks to facilitate the assessment of the security of information technologies are reasonable, comparable, reproducible and efficient. It also promotes better collaboration público-privada through the establishment of so-called international technical communities (international Technical Communities (iTCs)) and the definition of functional requirements of security through the profiles of collaborative protection (collaborative Protection Profiles (cPPs)) applicable to products such as USB devices, firewall, cifradores of cds, etc.

Among the beneficiaries of the settlement are:

  • Public Administrations, to establish the basis of information security and basic infrastructures that handle IT.
  • The industry, to find wider markets to products and systems that YOU have the added value of the certificate.
  • Consumers (individuals, companies and AA.PP.), in order to have wider choice of products and systems such as insurance certificates to protect your information and services.

The arrangement has interest in particular, for the National security (Royal Decree 3/2010, on 8 january) that, in connection with the acquisition of products, provides for:

  • assess positively the certification of security in the acquisition of products on the part of the public authorities (item 18.1);
  • recognizes the role of the national certification body (item 18 (3));
  • shows how the use of products whose security may be certified contributes to the satisfaction of safety requirements so provided in the security measures for the adequate protection of information (Annex II);
  • it includes model clause to the technical requirements (RD 3/2010, annex V).


The first settlement was ratified on 23 may 2000, in Baltimore (Maryland, United States), by Australia, canada, germany, spain, united states of america, finland, france, greece, italy, netherlands, new Zealand, the netherlands and the united kingdom. Subsequently were incorporating other countries. On behalf of the kingdom of Spain signed that Under the ministry of Public administrations.

From 17 august 2006, spain changed its status in the settlement and became a participant accredited to issue an information technology security.

Forerunner of the settlement was the agreement of mutual recognition of certificates of the evaluation of the security of information technologies, whose geographical scope initially concern to european countries and whose reference standard was first ITSEC, which were subsequently added Common Criteria.