Updated Authentication Standard: Intensive Consultations Planned to Begin in September | APEGA

Updated Authentication Standard: Intensive Consultations Planned to Begin in September

Understanding and properly implementing authentication, particularly in the online, digital space, is one of the most talked-about challenges members face in practising the APEGA professions. To improve definitions and add clarity in this important professional role, the Authentication Standard Subject Matter Panel is reviewing APEGA's Practice Standard for Authenticating Professional Documents. The expectation is that a draft will be ready for general consultation by late summer of this year.

An intensive series of consultations across Alberta is planned for September and October, modelled after the ones we used in our legislative review. So far, subject matter experts on the panel have mined their own knowledge and experience, along with that of a select group of permit holders. Changes addressed in a recent draft involve, among other things:

  • defining professional work products and allowing professional members to better determine what should be authenticated
  • defining a new term—the Responsible Member’s validation of professional work product
  • standardizing authentication and validation formats to allow professional members, permit holders, and the public to easily identify the authenticator and date of authentication, and the validator and the date of validation
  • discussing the uses of electronic and digital technology to authenticate professional work products
  • setting the requirements for authentication of professional work products imported into or exported from Alberta
  • providing considerations for the retention and storage of authenticated professional work products

This standard was last updated in 2013. Watch for further information on the new standard in the summer 2018 PEG magazine, which will be posted to the website in June.