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1. How can I become a member/partner of ANNA?
Only National Numbering Agencies (NNAs) appointed by their local supervisory body are entitled to become as first step ANNA partner and after 2 years transition to full member status in ANNA. Further details see: Membership.
2. How do I get access to ANNA’s members’/partners’ area (login)?
Only NNAs that are members or partners of ANNA can get access to this restricted area. Requests for access of other interested parties have to be refused.
3. How do I get more information on ANNA’s services and products?
Consult the website of the ANNA Service Bureau (ASB), www.annaservice.com. There you can also find the contact details.
ISIN (International Securities Identification Number: ISO 6166)
4. Why should I use ISIN as a method of financial instrument identification?
ISO 6166 (ISIN) is the only internationally recognised standard for the unique identification of a financial instrument. Used globally as a means of identifying financial instruments, it is a key data field for cross border trading and recognised by many regulators as a mandatory data field for transaction reporting.
5. How do I get an ISIN?
ISINs are allocated by the National Numbering Agencies (NNAs) in whose jurisdiction the issuer is registered or domiciled. For debt securities the NNA who issues the ISIN is either one of the International securities clearing organisations or the responsible NNA according to the ISO standard 6166. To view a list of the NNAs with contact details click here.
6. I have two ISINs for the same issue which is the correct one?
The only valid ISIN would be the one issued according to ISO 6166 rules by the responsible National Numbering Agency or recognised Substitute National Numbering Agencies who are usually members or partners of ANNA. Your local National Numbering Agency should be contacted and asked to investigate.
7. Where can I look up ISINs?
Go to the free ANNA ISIN Lookup Service (bottom) register, and then ISINs with basic information can be looked up for free. A limited number of records can be downloaded.
8. Where can I look up ISINs for OTC Derivatives?
ISINs for OTC derivatives can be looked up through the DSB web interface.
9. What other information can be found under the Free Lookup Service?
CFI (Classification of Financial Instruments) according to ISO 10962:2015 and FISN (Financial Instrument Short Name) according to ISO 18774 are among the information that is freely available.
10. Are new ISINs issued following various types of event, such as corporate actions or change of securities form?
The ISIN guidelines provide rules according to which ISINs are issued, replaced or deleted following corporate actions and other events.
11. Are ISINs issued for unlisted and grey market securities?
The vast majority of the ANNA member NNAs has signed a Letter of Understanding in which their obligation to cover all types of financial instruments in their jurisdiction is mentioned. However, we assume that the coverage is less than 100% in some areas.
12. At what stage are ISINs issued for financial instruments applying for listing, i.e. does it depend on whether the security has started trading?
See ISIN guidelines. In addition, ANNA has published the ISIN Quality Management Guidelines according to which the ISINs should be allocated and publish in a timely manner, i.e. according to the market requirements.
13. What are the turnaround times on requests for allocation of ISINs to new securities and minimum data required before an ISIN will be issued, i.e. is it the minimum data specified by ISO 6166 and ANNA Guidelines or is additional information required?
The ISIN Quality Management Guidelines state that the NNAs should allocate ISINs within 24 hours following the request and also making the ISIN available to users at the same time. The minimum set of data necessary for allocation may depend on the individual NNAs and on the type of financial instrument involved. Details on documentation to be provided when applying for an ISIN are outlined in the ISIN Guidelines.
14. Who should allocate ISINs to securities that are subject to Rule 144A and Regulation S, i.e. to avoid duplicate ISIN being allocated due to ambiguous interpretation?
A specific ISIN Guideline outlines this item on the ANNA website.
15. What kind of ISINs are those whose first two letters are not a country code but beginning with XA, XB, XC and XD?
ISINs with such prefixes are not dummy ISINs but official ones. The prefixes have been assigned for use by the substitute agencies, (i.e. WM Datenservice, CUSIP Global Services, SIX Financial Information and The National Securities Depository, Russia) to cover cases where a NNA exists in the responsible assigning country, but is not able to allocate the ISIN for that specific instrument.
16. What are the allocation rules stipulating which Numbering Agencies should allocate ISINs to instruments issued by an overseas branch?
ISIN Guideline 2.2.8 regulates warrants issued by foreign branches of banks as follows: “When such branches have no separate legal entity the ISIN-prefix will be the one of the headquarters country. If the branch is a separate legal entity (i.e. within a specific local market), the country of the branch should be considered for the allocation and the prefix accordingly (e.g. warrants issued by foreign bank branches).” The same principle applies to other financial instruments.
17. Can ISIN Codes be re-used?
As a general rule ISINs should never be re-used. This rule applies to all kinds of financial instrument.
18. How to handle issuer names that have letters that do not conform to the Roman alphabet?
Issuer names should always have letters that conform to the Roman alphabet. This will enable users to load these securities into their systems.
19. How to handle solicitations from third parties to obtain and maintain ISINs?
The Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) confirms that only official National Numbering Agencies (NNAs) can issue valid ISINs (International Securities Identification Numbers). The majority of NNAs do not charge for ISIN allocation and fees are not levied for maintenance/renewal of allocated ISINs. In the few instances where fees are charged for ISIN allocation, this is done on a cost-recovery basis only, in accordance with ANNA’s ISO 6166 ISIN Registration Authority obligations. The same applies for CFI (Classification of Financial Instruments) according to ISO 10962.2015 and FISN (Financial Instrument Short Name) according to ISO 18774.2015.
ANNA and its member NNAs have no dealings or affiliation with any third parties offering commercial services for assisting to obtain or maintain ISINs. Similarly, any threats from these organizations to purge a valid ISIN from certain systems, if “maintenance fees” or other monies are not paid, should be viewed with scepticism and challenged. To avoid incurring unnecessary costs, we strongly recommend all market participants request ISIN, CFI, and FISN identifiers only from an official NNA source. The process is very straightforward.
CFI (Classification of Financial Instruments: ISO 10962:2015)
20. How do I get a CFI code?
The National Numbering Agencies responsible for allocating the ISIN also allocates the companion. CFIs associated with an ISIN are the official CFIs. CFIs could be looked up through the ANNA ISIN Lookup Service (bottom)
21. Can I compile CFI codes myself?
Yes, you could but only CFI codes issued by National Numbering Agencies are considered official.
FISN (Financial Instrument Short Name: ISO 18774)
22. How do I get a FISN?
The National Numbering Agencies allocate the FISN code together with the ISIN. Only the NNAs are entitled to issue official FISNs. FISNs could be looked up through the ANNA ISIN Lookup Service (bottom).
Identifiers: The International Language of Financial Markets
The ISINs and CFIs that are assigned by the national numbering agencies are part of a larger family of financial identifiers known as the ISO-standard identifiers. They identify aspects such as the country and currency in which securities are traded, where they were issued, the names of the issuer and the home-country depository, and the exact type of securities and its terms.
ISO-standard identifiers have become the common language of financial transactions and processing around the world, because they are developed by the financial industry itself, under processes established by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The ISO process, the resulting identifiers and the long-term governance standards are used by every business sector, because of their characteristics of ethical integrity, commitment to open communications and the continuing involvement of the businesses affected.
This means that each of these ISO standards was initially developed by a working group of experts, through many rounds of proposals by the working group and constructive feedback from the industry as a whole. The ultimate acceptance happens only after a vote by all affected nations. The process begins again each time an ISO standard is updated.
In addition each identifier is subject to an ongoing governance process, to ensure that its integrity is protected. This includes making and enforcing rules about the registration process that precedes the assignment of the identifier, the validation of the collected data and work to keep it up to date, and the business practices of the agencies that issue the identifiers. In many cases, a Registration Authority is commissioned by ISO to oversee this governance. ANNA is the ISO-appointed Registration Authority for ISINs.
Both the ISIN and the CFI have been through recent updating to reflect the changing world of traded securities, especially the increasing importance and variety of derivative transactions – both exchange traded and over the counter.
The impact of these ISO-identifiers on the financial industry is immense and ongoing. They have been essential to the ongoing evolution of the entire lifecycle of investment operations. They have massively reduced the time, cost and risk of cross-border transactions. They provide standards for sharing information among all the entities involved in capital markets operations – investors, asset managers, broker-dealers, exchanges, custodian banks, clearing houses, depositories and other specialists.
Today, as the regulators of the world impose wave after wave of new reporting obligations to avoid future destabilization of global markets, these standards continue to be the common global foundation for reporting protocols.
For information about specific identifiers and how they are assigned, please visit the relevant page or click the link below:
Welcome to the Association of National Numbering Agencies.
If you have invested in stocks, bonds or investment funds, you are already familiar with our work. We are the numbering agencies around the world that assign a unique identification code to each new security as it is issued.
Our proudest achievement is the global adoption of a common standard for identifying securities, the ISIN (International Securities Identification Number) according to ISO Standard 6166. Securities from more than 120 nations are identified by ISINs. No matter where a security was first issued, its ISIN enables it to be recognized and traded between buyers and sellers virtually anywhere in the world.
ANNA is committed to the use of standard identifiers to make the financial world a more efficient, safer and more stable environment for investors and the financial institutions that serve them.
Numbering Agencies – by country, ISO country code and membership status
Click on the country in any agency listing to display directory information.
|Algeria||Algerie Clearing, SPA||DZ||Partner|
|Angola||Bolsa de Dívida e Valores de Angola SGMR, SA (Bodiva)||AO||Partner|
|Argentina||Caja de Valores S.A.||AR||Full member|
|Armenia||Central Depository of Armenia OJSC||AM||Full member|
|Australia||ASX Limited||AU||Full member|
|Austria||Oesterreichische Kontrollbank Aktiengesellschaft (OeKB)||AT||Full member|
|Azerbaijan||National Depository Center of Azerbaijan Republic||AZ||Full member|
|Bahrain||Bahrain Clear Company B.S.C. (CLOSED)||BH||Full member|
|Bangladesh||Central Depository Bangladesh Limited (CDBL)||BD||Full member|
|Barbados||Barbados Central Securities Depository Inc||BB||Partner|
|Belarus||The Republican Unitary Enterprise – The Republican Central Securities Depository||BY||Partner|
|Belgium||SIX Financial Information Belgium S.A./N.V. acting as numbering agency on behalf of Euronext Brussels as official National Numbering Agency||BE||Full member|
|Bolivia, Plurinational State of||Entidad de Depósito de Valores de Bolivia S.A.||BO||Full member|
|Botswana||Botswana Stock Exchange||BW||Partner|
|Brazil||B3 S.A. – Brasil, Bolsa e Balcão||BR||Full member|
|Bulgaria||Central Depository AD||BG||Full member|
|Cabo Verde||Bolsa de Valores de Cabo Verde, S.A. (Cape Verde Stock Exchange)||CV||Partner|
|Canada||The Canadian Depository for Securities Ltd||CA||Full member|
|Chile||Depósito Central de Valores||CL||Full member|
|China||China Securities Industry Standardization Technical Committee (CSISC)||CN||Full member|
|Chinese Taipei||Taiwan Stock Exchange Corporation (TWSE)||TW||Full member|
|Clearstream||Clearstream Banking S.A.||XS||Full member|
|Colombia||Depósito Centralizado de Valores de Colombia – DECEVAL S.A.||CO||Full member|
|Costa Rica||InterClear Central de Valores S.A||CR||Full member|
|Côte d’Ivoire and UEMOA countries||Regional Central Depository/Settlement Bank of West African Economic and Monetary Union (Union Economique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine – UEMOA)||CI||Full member|
|Croatia||Central Depository and Clearing Company Inc. of Croatia||HR||Full member|
|Cyprus||Cyprus Stock Exchange (CSE)||CY||Full member|
|Czech Republic||Centrální depozitář cenných papírů, a.s. – Central Securities Depository||CZ||Full member|
|Denmark||VP SECURITIES A/S||DK||Full member|
|Dominican Republic||CEVALDOM||DO||Full member|
|Egypt||MCDR (Misr for Central Clearing, Depository and Registry)||EG||Full member|
|El Salvador||Central Depósito de Valores S.A. de C.V. – CEDEVAL||SV||Partner|
|Eswatini||Eswatini Stock Exchange||SZ||Partner|
|Euroclear||Euroclear Bank SA/NV||XS||Full member|
|Finland||Euroclear Finland Ltd.||FI||Full member|
|France||Euroclear France||FR||Full member|
|Georgia||National Bank of Georgia (NBG) – Central Bank of Georgia||GE||Full member|
|Germany||WM Datenservice||DE||Full member|
|Ghana||Ghana Stock Exchange||GH||Partner|
|Greece||Hellenic Exchanges – Athens Stock Exchange S.A.||GR||Full member|
|Guatemala||Bolsa de Valores Nacional, S.A.||GT||Full member|
|Honduras||Comisión Nacional de Bancos y Seguros||HN||Partner|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing Ltd||HK||Full member|
|Hungary||KELER – Central Clearing House and Depository (Budapest) Ltd.||HU||Full member|
|Iceland||Nasdaq CSD Iceland hf||IS||Full member|
|India||Securities and Exchange Board of India||IN||Full member|
|Indonesia||PT Kustodian Sentral Efek Indonesia
(KSEI – Indonesian Central Securities Depository)
|Iran, Islamic Republic of||Tehran Securities Exchange Technology Management Company||IR||Full member|
|Ireland||The Irish Stock Exchange Plc (Trading as Euronext Dublin)||IE||Full member|
|Israel||The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange||IL||Full member|
|Italy||Banca d´Italia||IT||Full member|
|Jamaica||Jamaica Stock Exchange||JM||Partner|
|Japan||Tokyo Stock Exchange, Inc.||JP||Full member|
|Jordan||Securities Depository Center of Jordan||JO||Full member|
|Kazakhstan||Central Securities Depository JSC Republic of Kazakhstan (KACD)||KZ||Full member|
|Korea, Republic of||Korea Exchange – KRX||KR||Full member|
|Kuwait||Kuwait Clearing Company K.S.C.||KW||Full member|
|Latvia||Nasdaq CSD SE acting also as numbering agency on behalf of Estonia and Lithuania||LV||Full member|
|Lebanon||Midclear S.A.L.||LB||Full member|
|Luxembourg||Clearstream Banking S.A.||LU||Full member|
|Malaysia||Bursa Malaysia||MY||Full member|
|Maldives||Maldives Securities Depository Company Pvt Ltd||MV||Partner|
|Malta||Malta Stock Exchange PLC||MT||Full member|
|Mauritius||Central Depository & Settlement Co. Ltd||MU||Full member|
|Mexico||S.D. Indeval SA de CV||MX||Full member|
|Mongolia||Mongolian Securities Clearing House and Central Depository Co. Ltd||MN||Partner|
|Montenegro||Central Securities Depository and Clearing Company of Montenegro (short CSD&CC – Montenegro)||ME||Full member|
|Morocco||MAROCLEAR S.A.||MA||Full member|
|Mozambique||Bolsa de Valores de Moçambique||MZ||Full member|
|Nepal||CDS and Clearing Limited||NP||Full member|
|Netherlands||Euroclear Nederland||NL||Full member|
|Nicaragua||Central Nicaragüense de Valores, Cenival||NI||Partner|
|Nigeria||Central Securities Clearing System Plc.||NG||Full member|
|North Macedonia||Centralen depozitar za hartii od vrednost AD Skopje /
Central Securities Depository AD Skopje
|Norway||Verdipapirsentralen (VPS) ASA||NO||Full member|
|Oman||Muscat Clearing & Depository (S.A.O.C.)||OM||Full member|
|Pakistan||Central Depository Company of Pakistan Ltd||PK||Full member|
|Palestine||Palestine Exchange (PEX)||PS||Full member|
|Panama||Bolsa de Valores de Panamá, S.A.||PA||Full member|
|Papua New Guinea||PNGX Markets Limited||PG||Partner|
|Paraguay||Bolsa de Valores y Productos Asunción||PY||Full member|
|Peru||Bolsa de Valores de Lima||PE||Full member|
|Poland||Central Securities Depository of Poland (KDPW SA)||PL||Full member|
|Portugal||Interbolsa – Sociedade Gestora de Sistemas de Liquidação e Sistemas Centralizados de Valores||PT||Full member|
|Qatar||Qatar Financial Markets Authority||QA||Full member|
|Romania||Depozitarul Central S.A. (Romanian Central Depository)||RO||Full member|
|Russia||National Settlement Depository (NSD), a part of the Moscow Exchange Group||RU||Full member|
|Saudi Arabia||Saudi Stock Exchange – Tadawul||SA||Full member|
|Serbia||Central Securities Depository and Clearing House of Serbia||RS||Full member|
|Seychelles||MERJ Exchange Limited||SC||Partner|
|Singapore||Singapore Exchange Limited||SG||Full member|
|Slovakia||Centrálny depozitár cenných papierov SR, a.s.||SK||Full member|
|Slovenia||KDD Central Securities Clearing Corporation||SI||Full member|
|South Africa||JSE Ltd||ZA||Full member|
|Spain||Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores (CNMV)||ES||Full member|
|Sri Lanka||Colombo Stock Exchange||LK||Full member|
|Sweden||Euroclear Sweden AB||SE||Full member|
|Switzerland||SIX Financial Information Ltd||CH||Full member|
|Syria||Damascus Securities Exchange||SY||Partner|
|Tajikistan||CJSC “Central Depository”||TJ||Partner|
|Tanzania||Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange||TZ||Partner|
|Thailand||Thailand Securities Depository Co., Ltd||TH||Full member|
|Tunisia||Tunisie Clearing||TN||Full member|
|Turkey||Istanbul Takas ve Saklama Bankası A.S.- Takasbank||TR||Full member|
|Uganda||Uganda Securities Exchange||UG||Partner|
|Ukraine||Public Joint-Stock Company “National Depository of Ukraine”||UA||Full member|
|United Arab Emirates||Securities & Commodities Authority – ESCA||AE||Full member|
|United Arab Emirates – DIFC||Nasdaq Dubai Ltd.||AE||Partner|
|United Kingdom||London Stock Exchange||GB||Full member|
|Uruguay||Banco Central del Uruguay||UY||Full member|
|USA||CUSIP Global Services||US||Full member|
|Uzbekistan||State Central Securities Depository of the Republic of Uzbekistan||UZ||Full member|
|Venezuela||Bolsa de Valores de Caracas, C.A.||VE||Full member|
|Vietnam||Vietnam Securities Depository (VSD)||VN||Full member|
|Zambia||Lusaka Stock Exchange Plc.||ZM||Partner|
|Zimbabwe||Zimbabwe Stock Exchange||ZW||Partner|