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Supporting standardisation

We’re committed to supporting standardisation within the industry. By exchanging unambiguous, machine-friendly data, institutions can benefit from greater automation, lower costs and reduced risk. We’re working to achieve this by creating and maintaining standards for financial messaging and reference data.

We act as Registration Authority for several standards that define universal codes for common data items including:


Business Identifier Code (BIC)

Used for addressing messages, routing business transactions and identifying business parties.

International Bank Account Number (IBAN)

Specifies the structure of ISO-compliant national IBAN formats, which facilitate automated cross-border payment transaction processing.

Legal Entity Identifier (LEI)

Used to enable the consistent and accurate identification of legal entities which are party to a financial transaction.