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SAFE’s Five
Pillars of TRUST

TRUST is at the heart of everything SAFE stands for. The SAFE Trust Framework federates trust and interoperability between disparate parties in the ecosystem, and this foundation is built upon broader cooperation and trust with our members, partners and relying parties. We uphold this trust as an organization by following a distinct set of principles that guide our business operations and values, helping us build strong relationships to achieve a shared vision in healthcare.

These five pillars of TRUST define what everyone
in the ecosystem can expect from SAFE:
Certification policies, processes and practices are transparent and publicly available on our website

Transparency is a key tenet of trust, and we strive to bring it to all our relationships. This means sharing relevant information upfront with those we engage or collaborate with. As such, we ensure that all our certification policies, testing processes, specifications and best practices are fully transparent and publicly available to anyone looking to become a part of or rely on the SAFE community. Any changes or updates to these materials will also be published and communicated to ecosystem members.

Consistency and reliability are established through standards-based certifications, services and consensus

We are working to federate trust across organizations. This extends from our relying parties, to our credential providers, to our asserting parties and even to the federal government. SAFE test specifications are built upon the most widely adopted and robust industry standards to support reliability and dependence of software solutions that have achieved certifications in our lab. SAFE’s Trust Framework requires bridge members to ensure high availability of their systems and services to support a reliable and interconnected infrastructure.

All certification candidates are treated with impartiality and equality through the same certification requirements, certification process and test cases

Our goal is to expand the SAFE ecosystem with a range of service providers and products that can support the healthcare industry. To that end, everyone must go through the same processes to join the ecosystem. We instill neutrality throughout our practices, requiring that all certification candidates must meet the same requirements for the applicable certification, go through the same certification process and join the ecosystem as equals. This ensures uniformity across ecosystem participants and a culture of impartiality here at SAFE.

Security and Confidentiality
SAFE maintains security and confidentiality of information reviewed and tested during the certification process

Our certification process reviews in detail the functionality of applications to ensure security, compliance and technical interoperability between all ecosystem members. SAFE is committed to ensuring complete security and confidentiality of information received during the certification process. These details cannot be accessed by others in the ecosystem, nor will they be used for anything other than establishing the certification status of the application.

Technical Interoperability
Technical interoperability is enabled between identity credentials issued by different issuers across the SAFE Trust Framework and SAFE Certified products supporting those credentials

A foundational part of the SAFE ecosystem is technical interoperability, under which SAFE certified credentials and identity products can be used and trusted immediately by others relying on the Trust Framework. We operate the Trust Framework that enables this functionality, the criteria for which is determined through consensus by our PMA members. The work we do assures our relying parties that they can trust and seamlessly integrate SAFE certified products into their systems to facilitate secure cross-organization interoperability.

Rely on the SAFE Trust Framework

The integrity of digital credentials varies widely from one provider to the next. Figuring out who to trust, why to trust them and how their security aligns with your needs can be a challenge. This makes trust hard.

The SAFE Identity Trust Framework, carefully cultivated over 15 years, can make trust much easier. The Trust Framework defines the policies and standards necessary to use secure and interoperable digital credentials that meet your needs. Issuers certified by SAFE are compliant with these policies and standards, ensuring this same security and interoperability across the ecosystem – and making trust a lot simpler for you.

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