Are electronic signatures legal in USA?

Yes. Surprisingly the first electronic signature was recognized by U.S. courts in 1867 for a signature sent via telegraph…133 years later a much more advanced e-signature was about to be recognized! Thanks to the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA), introduced in 1999 and adopted by 47 U.S. states, and the ESIGN Act, a federal law passed in 2000, electronically signed documents now have all the same legal protections as those that are hand signed.

E-signatures are legally binding when obtained in the appropriate way, using compliant technology, authentications and certifications.

Under the UETA and ESIGN Act certain requirements must be met:

  • Authentication and identification of the signers during the signing process
  • Consensus from both parties must be obtained before doing business electronically
  • Security from tampering and proof of signature must be demonstrated
  • Documentation of actions and storage, plus retainment of all documents

MSB not only meets but exceeds these requirements; making it easier and faster to verify the identity of the signer and the legitimacy of an electronic signature. With our audit trail, encrypted authentication forms and tamper proof seals, along with many other features, we make your documentation processes effortlessly secure and efficient.

It’s time to leave “wet ink” signatures behind and go digital with MSB!

Is MSB regulatory compliant?

At MSB, we understand the importance of being regulatory compliant so you can speed up processes whilst meeting the requirements of your industry.

For our Life Science clients, for example, not only is every release of MSB validated to be 21 CFR Part 11 compliant, but we provide access to our complete validation package too, which includes objective evidence as required by the FDA.

Our data centers are HIPAA compliant, and we’ve enacted Administrative, Physical and Technical safeguards to protect electronically stored Protected Health Information (ePHI). The security of your data is always our priority.

MSB also adheres to GxP guidelines and regulations, is FIPS 140-2 compliant and EU-US Privacy Shield certified. Join the digital revolution and speed up your documentation processes with MSB.

Are there any restrictions on electronic signatures in the US?

Although the use of electronic signatures is widespread throughout the US, it is important to bear in mind the restrictions that apply. Documentation such as adoption and divorce agreements, wills, official court documents and UCC (Uniform Commercial Code) contracts, should still be signed in traditional “wet ink” forms in order to maintain their validity.

We suggest you contact a local attorney for more information as laws are subject to change and this is not legal advice. The information on this page should be used as a guideline only.