Prior to commencing live operations with the ITL, all registries need to demonstrate that they
have properly implemented the Data Exchange Standards. Each registry therefore undertakes the
initialization process with the ITL in order to demonstrate that it fulfils all required
functions to the appropriate standard.
The initialization of registry connections with the ITL proceeds in three phases:
Documentation review: the operation of the registry is assessed by reviewing its technical
and operational documentation
Connectivity testing: the ability of the registry to connect to the ITL is assessed by
verifying that it can undertake basic communication steps with the ITL
Functional testing: the ability of the registry to carry out its required functions is
assessed by verifying that it can undertake transaction, reconciliation and administrative
processes, including for notifications, as specified in the data exchange standards
The assessment of the registry activities under this process is carried out by the ITL
administrator. The results of this assessment are contained in Independent
Assessment Reports for each registry.
Once approved by the ITL administrator, the registry can in principle go live with the ITL, though
the decision as to when the registry wishes to have this live link activated will often take account
of other factors. Generally speaking, non-European registries can go live individually with the ITL
while European registries may wish to go live together and simultaneously with the EU transaction log
For an up-to-date status of registry initialization and whether registries are live with the ITL, see
the registry websites page.