The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) has issued the 13th update of its Q&A document on the implementation of the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation (EMIR). This update relates to the second level of the EMIR validation specifications to be commonly applied by the Trade Repositories (TR) to ensure that reporting is performed according to the EMIR regime.
The validation specifications involve verifying that the values reported in the fields comply with the format and content rules set out in the technical standards on reporting. It is expected that upon implementation by the TRs, a failure to comply with the requirements will trigger a rejection of the report by the TR. This is a key step for achieving better data quality as a rejected report will indicate which fields are not reported in compliance with EMIR and need to be corrected, which will allow counterparties to improve their reporting to meet the EMIR standards.
The validation controls that TRs will put in place are based on the original rules specified in the EMIR technical standards which were published in December 2012 and entered into force on 12 February 2014. No additional reporting requirements are introduced.
In order to allow sufficient lead time to implement the second level validation, ESMA expects the TRs to be able to implement the validation by end October 2015.