The eCH Association is a public-private platform to promote e-government in Switzerland. Its objective is to facilitate cooperation in electronic business transactions with the authorities. Its expert groups draw up national e-government standards. In addition, the association promotes the implementation of international e-government standards. eCH thereby lays the foundation for a uniform operating philosophy, secure processing of transactions and smooth processes between those involved.
The eCH Association is based on cooperation between public and private partners. It is composed of around 300 members, including companies, individual members and organisations from the public sector and academia. Currently, 20 expert groups are working on the preparation and maintenance of eCH standards for various application areas. The members of the eCH working groups draw up standards on a non-profit basis and benefit from intensive technical exchanges with representatives from other organisations. In 2015, work was started on the 200th standard of the association. The approved standards and best practices are publicly accessible and free of charge.
The eCH Association was in charge of various prioritised projects in the eGovernment Switzerland programme for 2008 to 2015. In the strategic plan for 2016 to 2019, eCH is responsible for the strategic service for standardisation maintenance. Within the scope of this mandate, eCH manages the maintenance and updating of the standards relevant for projects and services in the strategic plan.