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Trade Repositories

Trade Repositories

Trade repositories (TRs) centrally collect and maintain the records of derivatives. They play a central role in enhancing the transparency of derivative markets and reducing risks to financial stability.

    Under EMIR, ESMA has direct responsibilities regarding the registration, supervision and recognition of TRs based outside the EU. EU-based TRs need to be authorised, and third country (non-EU) based TRs which are doing business in the EU need to be recognised by ESMA, in order for counterparties to use them for their EMIR reporting requirements. If you would like to receive further information on the registration process, please contact the Supervision Department at

    Once registered, the TR will be supervised by ESMA in order to ensure that it complies on an on-going basis with all EMIR requirements, thereby enabling regulators to access to data and details of derivative contracts in order for them to fulfil their respective missions.

    Besides supervising TRs, ESMA also acts as a standard-setter by further detailing the EMIR provisions regarding TRs.

    Relevant Documentation


    If you are an employee or a former employee of a Trade Repository, please visit the Whistleblowers' Corner. If you do not fall into this category and you wish to submit a complaint about a trade repository, please fill in this form and email it to In the title of your email, please state "Complaint about trade repository".