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Let's get our definitions straight.
From an ESFA standpoint an "electronic signature" is:
An electronic signature is defined as any electronic symbol or process
that is associated with any record or document where there is an
intention to sign the document by any party involved. An electronic
signature can be anything from a check box to a signature.
so you shouldn't need any additional software to collect a checkbox...
A digital signature is:
A digital signature is where a document with an electronic signature is
secured by a process making it non-refutable. It is a digital fingerprint
which captures the act of signing by applying security to a document.
Usually documents which have a digital signature embedded are
extremely secure and cannot be accessed or amended easily.
but BOTH are acceptable by ESFA
(above from App 21/22 Main Provider Rules P 382, but the same wording appears in all the funding docs)
Would anybody be able to recommend any decent software they use in relation to collecting e-signatures? I had been playing with one called PandaDoc that seemed simple to use and didn't seem to cost anything (I've been using it for a month), however my colleagues are being prevented from doing the same thing as me without upgrading. I'm not sure if there are any actual 'free' systems out there that would be suitable but any information/experience would be greatly appreciated :-)