Access to the Readiness Portal for testing CHAPS ISO 20022 messages
The ‘like-for-like’ message set for the CHAPS ISO 20022 migration is available in the SWIFT My Standards application and in Pay.UK’s Standards Source. The Bank has published on two repositories to help industry alignment with other payment systems. Schemas within both repositories will deliver the same outcome when implemented. There are however some technical differences between the MyStandards and Standards Source platforms, which affects the presentation of the schemas. Developers should consider MyStandards to be the golden source and the primary platform for schema documents.
Those using Standards Source are strongly encouraged to read the explanatory note which is available on the platform, which details the differences in presentation.
MyStandards Readiness Portal
The Bank has now launched the SWIFT MyStandards Readiness Portal to enable users to begin testing their CHAPS payment messages against the published schemas. We are encouraging all CHAPS Direct Participants to make use of the Readiness Portal to support their internal readiness for the CHAPS ISO 20022 migration. Other users, including indirect participants in CHAPS, software vendors supplying payment systems, and others in the payments industry are also welcome to use it. The Bank will monitor use of the Readiness Portal as part of our approach to assuring industry readiness for the migration.
The Readiness Portal will validate CHAPS ISO 20022 messages to ensure they comply with the schemas and that the format meets the mandatory requirements for a payment message to settle in RTGS. It will also enable users to validate examples of the cash management and administration messages that CHAPS Direct Participants will receive from RTGS, to enable them to prepare their systems to process them. It links with the SWIFT MyStandards documentation, not the Standards Source documentation.
How do I gain access to the Readiness Portal for CHAPS?
To obtain access to the Readiness Portal, you will need to:
- Register for a swift.com account for MyStandards.
- Request access to the Bank of England ISO 20022 (external users) community. We will process your request within 48 hours.
- Email the firstname.lastname@example.org to request a copy of the ‘Readiness Portal – Community Access Agreement’, giving a brief explanation for your interest in using the Readiness Portal. Software vendors should also outline which software packages they provide, to which actors in the payments industry, to avoid any delay in being granted access. The agreement should be signed on behalf of your organisation and returned to the same address.
- Complete the below form, listing users who are authorised to access the Readiness Portal on behalf of your organisation, and return it to email@example.com.
How do I use the Readiness Portal?
A set of use cases is being developed to support testing and will be shared with Direct Participants via the RTGS Renewal Testing Working Group. Users are also encouraged to use the Readiness Portal in any way which supports the development of their CHAPS ISO 20022 messages.
The Readiness Portal will be available throughout the RTGS Renewal Programme, and will be updated to include the schemas for the enhanced CHAPS ISO 20022 messages later this year.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions on the Readiness Portal.