In the context of the Smart Tachograph cryptographic infrastructure the ERCA (European Root Certificate Authority) provides a service to test the implementation of MSCA (Member State Certificate Authorities) applications. This document contains instructions for MSCAs wishing to use the Test Service for MSCA – ERCA interactions. The service consists of two separate sub-services, one for testing MSCA – ERCA interactions for the issuance of Production cryptographic keys and certificates and one for testing MSCA – ERCA interactions for the issuance of Interoperability Testing cryptographic keys and certificates.
The Test Service allows an MSCA to verify that the format and contents of Certificate Signing Requests (CSR) and Key Distribution Messages (KDR) generated by their MSCA software are correct. Additionally, the MSCA may use the test MSCA certificates and Key Distribution Messages (KDM) returned by the ERCA to verify that their software is capable of importing and processing these messages.