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Covid-19: French company tasked with design of European health pass

Jouve, specialists in digital transformation, is part of a consortium that has been studying the feasibility of a European vaccination pass since 2019

16 April 2021
The EU wants to launch its digital health pass to help facilitate travel during the Covid-19 pandemic by June 15 this year
By Connexion journalist

French company Jouve has been tasked by the European Commission to study the feasibility of a Covid-19 health pass

The EU is aiming to roll out its Digital Green Certificate by June 15.

EU digital health pass for summer travel available from June 15 

It will be an EU-wide system for people to prove they are safe to travel during the Covid-19 pandemic, either because they have been vaccinated, had Covid-19 already or because they have had a recent test that shows they are negative for the virus. 

Despite its name, the digital pass would also be available in paper format. It will be valid in all EU countries and be available in all national languages. It will be completely free.

Jouve, specialists in digital transformation, will work on the conceptualisation of the pass within a consortium made up of multinational market research and consulting firm Ipsos, as well as two other French companies Syadem and Cimbiose

The same consortium has been working on a European-level vaccination pass since 2019, before the Covid-19 pandemic, at the request of the EU’s Consumers, Health, Agriculture and Food Executive Agency.

For the design of the Digital Green Certificate, Jouve will report directly to the European Commission. 

Thibault Lanxade, the CEO of Jouve, said his team will have to come up with an “interoperable framework” for the pass.

“The technical application is not very complicated as long as it has the right information,” he told BFM Business

"If you do a PCR test in a non-EU country, how do you associate it with your identity? Does it come directly from the laboratory? Will you just have to take a picture with your smartphone, and a picture of your passport? 

“The pass will have to say whether the passport is correct, and match it with the paper that has been scanned. That is the interoperable framework,” he said. 

He said he was confident of being able to come up with a design before the planned June 15 rollout. 

"We have been working since 2019 with the consortium, we have had the capacity to test the sensitivity of the Europeans, and we have the technical operating procedure. There's no reason why by June 15 we shouldn't be able to provide the whole of our work."

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