Electronic Health Professional Card (eHPC)

Here you can find more information about the electronic health professional card (eHPC) for doctors, dentists, psychotherapists and Pharmacies.

Information and frequent questions regarding the electronic health professional card

Unlocking and activation

After you receive your electronic health professional card and your PIN/PUK letter, you must first unlock the card on the D‑Trust portal and then activate it in order to use it. By unlocking the card, you confirm that you have received both your card and your PIN/PUK. This assures us that you, as an authorized person, have received the electronic health professional card. Activation, on the other hand, is necessary so that you can use your card. You can assign the PINs of your choice here.

The eHPC or rather the certificates stored on the card must be activated before the eHPC is used for the first time. There is currently no specific deadline for activation.

The eHPC has two different PINs:

  • PIN.QES: for the generation of qualified electronic signatures
  • PIN.CH: for the encryption and authentication function

PIN.QES: For generating qualified electronic signatures, you will first obtain a 5-digit transport PIN which you must change into a 6 to 8-digit PIN before you use the card for the first time. This signature function must be activated first; otherwise you won't be able to generate a qualified electronic signature.

PIN.CH: For the encryption and authentication function you will first obtain a 5-digit transport PIN which you must change into a 6 to 8-digit PIN before you use the card for the first time. This encryption and authentication function must be activated first; otherwise the eHPC won't be able to access the telematics infrastructure.

  • The number combination of the PIN must consist of six to eight characters and the digits zero to nine.
  • Do not use combinations that can be easily assigned to you, such as your date of birth, wedding date or telephone number.
  • Avoid trivial number combinations such as 123456, 111111, etc.

During production of the card, only a transport PIN is set. This transport PIN must be changed to a personal PIN before the eHPC is used for the first time.

The PIN.QES can only be changed when the active PIN.QES that was assigned during activation is entered. This is why you should carefully store the current PIN.QES.

If you have forgotten or lost your original PIN.QES, you can no longer use the QES function of the eHPC (generation of legally binding electronic signatures).

If you have forgotten the PIN.CH and if this was blocked, you can set a new PIN.CH using the pertinent PUK.CH during unblocking.

  • The PIN must be composed of six to eight characters and the numbers zero to nine.
  • Choose your own letter and number combination.
  • Do not choose a combination that can be easily assigned to you, for instance, your date of birth or marriage or your phone number.
  • You should also avoid trivial combinations like 123456, 111111, etc.

Due to the security requirements of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), the certificates on your eHPC are valid for a maximum period of five years. To be able to use your eHPC applications beyond this period, you will need to apply for a new electronic health professional card. We will inform you in good time (approx. three months before your eHPC is due to expire) by e‑mail and send you a link to the simplified application process for a follow-up card. 

ICCSN

The Integrated Circuit Card Serial Number is a 20-digit identifier of smart cards such as the electronic health card, the SMC-B card of the health professional card. It is printed on the eHPC and includes, for instance, the country code and the coding of the card issuer and the trust service provider. It can be scanned thanks to the QR code or barcode attached.

EFN

The unique, 15-digit training number is assigned to a doctor by the respective medical chamber and enables the doctor's identification. It can be scanned thanks to the QR code or barcode attached.

CAN

The Card Access Number is required for the contactless reading of the data stored on the eHPC. This is a 6-digit random number that is not calculated from personal or document data.

Revocation

If you have lost your eHPC, you should request revocation in order to avoid misuse.

The electronic health professional card and the certificates stored on the card are revoked on Bundesdruckerei's online request portal using the SMS-TAN method or a service password. In addition it is also possible that the card issuer, i. e. the respective medical chamber, initiates revocation.

  1. Log in to the online request portal at https://ehealth.d-trust.net/antragsportal stating the record number and the password. You can find this information on the cover sheet of your request.
  2. Then identify the card to be revoked using the unambiguous ICCSN and click the "Revoke" button.
  3. Finally, click the "Request SMS-TAN" button. The SMS-TAN will then be sent to the telephone number you provided.
  4. Enter the SMS-TAN you received in the "SMS-TAN" box.
  5. Then activate the checkbox: "I hereby request the irrevocable and final revocation of my certificate product."
  6. Finalize the procedure by clicking the "Confirm" button.
  1. Log in to the request portal at https://ehealth.d-trust.net/antragsportal/ stating the record number and the password. You can find this information on the cover sheet of your request.
  2. Then identify the card to be revoked using the unambiguous ICCSN and click the "Revoke" button.
  3. You can now select the "Service password" choice box for the option: "Please select how revocation should be made".
  4. Please enter the service password you chose in the "Service password" field. You can find the service password on page 5 of the request documentation of your eHPC.
  5. Then activate the checkbox: "I hereby request the irrevocable and final revocation of my certificate product."
  6. Finalize the procedure by clicking the "Confirm" button.

No, revocation of the eHPC certificates is irrevocable and final.