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Services - 533098-2021

20/10/2021    S204

Denmark-Copenhagen: Electronic signature certification services

2021/S 204-533098

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: Rigspolitiet
National registration number: 17143611
Postal address: Polititorvet 14
Town: København V
NUTS code: DK Danmark
Postal code: 1567
Country: Denmark
Contact person: Koncernindkøb
Telephone: +45 51185122
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local subdivisions
I.5)Main activity
Public order and safety

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

Request for information (RFI) - Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) services for Danish national identification documents

II.1.2)Main CPV code
79132100 Electronic signature certification services
II.1.3)Type of contract
II.1.4)Short description:

The Danish National Police is currently in the preparation phase for a tender regarding the eMRTD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Country Verifying Certificate Authority (CVCA).

Reference is made to Regulation (EU) 2019/1157 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on strengthening the security of Union citizens' passports, ID cards and residence cards issued to Union citizens and their family members exercising their right to free movement

II.1.5)Estimated total value
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
48000000 Software package and information systems
72000000 IT services: consulting, software development, Internet and support
72200000 Software programming and consultancy services
72230000 Custom software development services
72250000 System and support services
72254100 Systems testing services
75240000 Public security, law and order services
75241000 Public security services
79716000 Identification badge release services
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DK Danmark
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The Danish National Police is currently in the preparation phase for a tender regarding the eMRTD Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Country Verifying Certificate Authority (CVCA).

Reference is made to Regulation (EU) 2019/1157 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 June 2019 on strengthening the security of Union citizens' passports, ID cards and residence cards issued to Union citizens and their family members exercising their right to free movement.

Today, no fingerprints are read from the chip in Danish or other Schengen citizens' passports, residence cards and ID cards when entering or leaving Denmark and the external border. Denmark is actively working towards being able to exchange the necessary certificates that precisely enable the reading of fingerprints in chips, with a view to preventing fraud and terrorism.

It is therefore crucial that Denmark establishes a PKI, both organizationally and in terms of infrastructure, which makes it possible to exchange CSCA and CVCA certificates with other EU countries.

The Danish National Police would therefore like to conduct a market dialogue with potential partners who specialize in this particular service, and thus partly qualify the Danish needs in order to increase the quality of a future tender and partly examine what the market can offer today in relation to possible solutions.

The Danish National Police's expects that the future solution supports:

- Protection of information in the chip in Danish passports and resident cards via CSCA and CVCA certificates

- Administration of certificates to read data from Danish and foreign passports, residence cards and ID cards

- Administration and tests of the exchange of certificates with other Schengen member countries (SPOC)

Today, certificates are already exchanged between Denmark and other EU countries, which partly ensures that there is trust in the issuer and partly enables the reading of an image from a chip in e.g. pass and comparison of data from MRZ line from data in the chip. Going forward, a technical solution must also be implemented, which enables Denmark to exchange CVCA certificates with the EU countries and thus be able to read fingerprints from the chip, including by border control, BMS (Biometric Match System) and foreign control.

To exchange certificates with another EU country, 6 test levels must be completed. 3 levels in test environment and 3 levels in production environment. This must be done bilaterally with each country - There are a total of 31 Schengen countries - of which 26 countries have started testing. In the same way, it is also a requirement on the part of the EU that the national SPOC must have undergone a security audit before being able to test in production environments with other countries.

This is expected to take place in collaboration with the Danish National Police and the future supplier, which is why part of the market dialogue will have to shed light on both testing and audit as well as the operation of these tasks. It should also be emphasized that Denmark is obliged to be part of the common certificate policy, which is a foundation for a joint reading of chips in Schengen, which is why it is also expected of the supplier to have knowledge of the common certificate policy and ICAO Doc 9303.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The material for the market dialogue (Request for Information documents) consists of the documents:

- Information_Market dialogue

- RFI-Questionnaire

This information is possible to gain in Mercell on the below mentioned link from 18th Oktober 2021.

The purchaser is using Mercell for this RFI. To get access to the documents, you must copy and paste the following link

If you are not a licensee of Mercell, fill out a registration of your company. This registration is required for your continued participation and is free of charge.

The potential contractors wishing to participate in the market dialogue shall answer the questions, possibly by typing the answers into the questionnaire. The Danish National Police would like to have all questions answered as far as possible, but this is only up to the potential contractor.

The answers to the questionnaire shall be submitted trough Mercell no later than 5th November 2021.

Based on the responses received, the Danish National Police expect to have individual oral dialogue meetings either with all the potential contractors who have provided answers to the written questions or a representative selection of them. Due to a time perspective, the Danish National Police reserves the right only to invite a limited number of participants to the dialogue meetings. If selection for dialogue meetings should be relevant due to a high number of positive responses, the Danish National Police will do this by evaluating the written answers to the questionnaire with the focus on finding a for the Danish National Police broad segment of the market to participate in relation to a future tender.

The meetings will be conducted through MS Teams on the 15th-16th November 2021. The meetings will be in Danish or English.

This prior information notice is to inform interested contractors of the possibility to participate in the above mentioned dialogue meetings. Potential contractors are kindly made aware, that aside from the Request for Information documents mentioned above, no further information regarding the tender material, documents, conditions or the tender procedure is available prior to the publication of the contract notice.

Questions to the procedure can be submitted via the communications tab in Mercell.

Danish National Police emphasizes that this notice is not a call for pre-qualification applications, and participation in the discussions will not be required for prequalification in the coming call for tenders. It shall furthermore be stressed that replies given during the period of discussion will not in any way be part of any later assessment.

The purpose of this request for information (RFI) is solely to give the Danish National Police a wide background knowledge about the possibilities and challenges in the market.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: