On August 18, 2016, the CPMI and the Board of the IOSCO published a second report on proposed guidance for a harmonized Unique Product Identifier. The purpose of the UPI is to uniquely identify OTC derivatives products that regulators require, or may require in the future, to be reported to trade repositories. The UPI system will assign a code to each OTC derivative product which maps to a set of data elements describing the product in a corresponding reference database. Currently, OTC derivative trades can be reported to one of the six trade repositories currently authorized in the EU. However, in order to properly mitigate systemic risk and protect against market abuse, it is necessary for data across trade repositories to be aggregated and for reporting fields to be harmonized so that national regulators have a comprehensive view of the OTC derivatives markets and trading activity. The first consultation focused on the reference database (or classification system). The focus of this second consultation is on the possible form, content and granularity of reference data assigned to each OTC derivative product. Comments on the proposals are due by September 30, 2016, with publication of final guidance expected around the end of 2016.
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