Information on reporting
Obtaining survey documents
The SNB sends institutions required to report data a letter informing them on the survey documents that are needed. Please use the release indicated in the letter.
You will find the survey documents on the appropriate page for the survey. The PDF files contain some associated information and the Excel files are to be used to deliver the data. We recommend that you download the ZIP files, extract the documents and store them in a folder. This ensures that the links between the individual Excel files remain active.
If you only require one document, this can be downloaded from the page on the survey in question.
If you are unable to download the documents, the requisite survey documents can be ordered by e-mail at email@example.com.
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The SNB’s mail service allows you to keep abreast of any changes made to certain pages of the website.
To avail yourself of this service, you need to sign up. When doing so, be sure to specify the title of the page that interests you in the ‘Search phrase’ field. If you are interested in a particular survey, for instance, simply enter its name in the field (e.g. ‘Minimum reserves’). If you wish to be informed of all survey-related changes, enter ‘Latest survey updates’ or ‘url:/emi/’.
Reporting in Excel format
The SNB provides Excel-type forms for its surveys. Institutions required to report data can use these to complete their reports and then submit the Excel files to the SNB for processing. For more information, cf. Instructions
Reporting in XML format
The SNB provides an XML definition (DTD). The definition describes how statistical reports must be prepared for the SNB and delivered. It can be used for all surveys. This solution makes sense when institutions required to report data to the SNB use IT tools to process their reports. All the information you require about the XML delivery format may be found in the ZIP file.
Submission by e-mail
All reports delivered to the SNB via e-mail must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. If the reports are confidential, Excel files or XML files should be delivered as an attachment in an encrypted e-mail. To ensure that the e-mail can be processed automatically, the structure of the e-mail must be maintained. Further information on this matter may be found in this PDF document.
If you are interested in submitting statistical reports by e-mail, please contact email@example.com.
Technical Directive governing the submission of statistical data
Reporting entities are called upon by the SNB to take part in surveys and are required to provide information using one of the methods prescribed by the Bank. Thesetechnical rules set out the details with regard to the methods by which statistical data are to be reported, in particular as concerns their transmission by e-mail. The rules are aimed at making reporting as easy and efficient as possible, while also ensuring the confidentiality, authenticity (origin) and integrity (immutability) of the reported data.
Submission via eSurvey (online reporting system)
Data can be submitted via eSurvey, our new internet platform.
At present, submissions are only possible for the following survey: Current account survey (CAxx, serviceBOP).
The internet portal for submitting your data report can be accessed using this link: https://surveys.snb.ch.
Information on how to submit reports via eSurvey is sent to reporting institutions, together with the access data.
Faulty deliveries/ Repeat deliveries
Data deliveries that are incomplete, that cannot be processed for technical reasons, that do not comply with the specifications or that contain validation errors are deemed to be faulty. In such cases, a repeat delivery may be required. Repeat deliveries – i.e. corrected deliveries – must be designated as such and must contain the entire survey.
If a submission deadline for a survey is not complied with, the institution required to report data will receive a reminder. In the event that it fails to report, penalties are provided for by law.
Precision and zero entries
Data may be entered with any number of figures after the decimal point. If the figure for a particular entry is zero, the field should be left empty. No zeros may be entered (apart from exceptional cases). Where a value is smaller than the required unit, it is imperative that the figures after the decimal point are stated.
On the treatment of zeros in Excel forms, cf. item 5 in Instructions.
Confidentiality and data protection
Confidentiality and data protection are governed by the National Bank Act and the National Bank Ordinance as well as the Federal Act of 19 June 1992 on Data Protection.
The SNB processes the collected data exclusively for the fulfilment of its legal mandate (art. 5 NBA), for monitoring financial market developments (art. 14 para. 1 NBA), as well as for analysing financial market developments, gaining an overview of payment transactions, and drawing up the balance of payments or statistics on the international investment position (art. 15 para. 2 NBA). It may pass on data to the appropriate offices (art. 14 para. 2 and art. 16 para. 4 NBA). Infringements of the duty to provide information will be notified to the Federal Department of Finance (art. 22 para. 3 NBA) and may be penalised in accordance with art. 24 NBA. The right to supply information is provided for under art. 8 Data Protection Act.
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