Replacement scanning – Taking your documents into the digital age
Storing paper documents is expensive and time consuming for both the public and private sector. Public institutions, such as administrative or judicial authorities, are now bound by legal regulations to digitize their processes. Under the eGovernment Act, the electronic file or e-file must now be used. Germany’s public authorities have already been obliged to use electronic files since the beginning of 2020. The judiciary has until 1 January 2026 to introduce the e-file. Companies too are obliged by law to store their financial and tax documents over longer periods of time. Legally compliant digitization of paper documents not only enables simple document archiving and secure digital file management, it also means that no change in media is required. With its RESISCAN Service, Bundesdruckerei now offers professional scanning and data capture services in accordance with the specifications of the technical guideline (TR) ‘03138 RESISCAN – Replacement Scanning’ (TR RESISCAN).
Legally secure – Meets legal requirements and those of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
Saves costs and space – No more need to store paper documents
Saves time – Text capture using optical character recognition (OCR) enables digital full text search
Flexible – Access to digitized documents irrespective of time and location
Technical guideline for replacement scanning
With TR RESISCAN, the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) published a guideline in 2013 that aims to increase legal certainty during ‘replacement scanning’. ‘Replacement scanning’ refers to the scanning of documents to digitize them and the subsequent destruction of the paper-based original while maintaining the evidential value in the documents archived.
The TR RESISCAN technical guideline addresses not only public administrations and the judiciary, but also the private and healthcare sectors in order to create a cross-sector standard for legally compliant replacement scanning.
RESISCAN Service – A Bundesdruckerei solution
With its RESISCAN Service, Bundesdruckerei offers a full range of services for professional scanning and data capture in accordance with BSI’s guideline. These services range from document preparation, secure transport and scanning to the destruction of original documents.
Tailored to your specific needs, Bundesdruckerei offers the following services:
- Design and identification of the need for protection
- Preparation of documents for the scanning process
- Secure transport of files, capture and recording
- Scanning according to BSI specifications
- Signatures, seals and time stamps to match the protection class of the documents
- Secure data transmission to the customer
- Destruction of the original files in accordance with the highest data protection requirements
Legally compliant digitization of documents according to the TR RESISCAN technical guideline ensures the evidential value of the digitized documents. An electronic signature or seal is also attached to the digital documents during scanning to prove their authenticity. Time stamps are also used to prove the existence of the corresponding data at a certain point in time. This ensures that data integrity – i.e. the correctness of the data – is maintained. The digitized documents are then ready for further electronic processing and long-term archiving.
Bundesdruckerei is a trusted and reliable partner throughout the entire process. We offer you advice and solutions tailored to your specific needs. Our solutions are based on the highest quality and security standards.
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If you have any questions about our replacement scanning solution according to the RESISCAN technical guideline, please feel free to contact us.