Information on reporting

Obtaining survey documents

The SNB informs the reporting institutions in writing about their reporting obligation, and which survey documents are needed. Please use the release as indicated in the letter (i.e. the published release relevant for the reference date for which you are reporting).

Survey documents are accessed via the page listing all the survey documents. Here you will find survey documents for data deliveries and pdf files with notes and additional information. The survey documents are packaged in ZIP files containing all the documents relating to a particular survey. We recommend downloading the ZIP files and then extracting to a folder. This ensures that any links between Excel files continue to work.

If you only require one document, this can be downloaded from the subpage on the survey in question.

If you are unable to download the documents, the requisite survey documents can be ordered by e-mail from

Institutions registered in eSurvey can also download the survey documents there. Further information on the data collection conventions may be found in Submission via eSurvey.

Delivery formats for the submission of statistical reports

Information on the various delivery formats is available here.

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Transmission of data files

Methods for transmitting data files to the SNB are described here.

Faulty deliveries/follow-up deliveries

Data deliveries that are incomplete, that cannot be processed for technical reasons, that do not comply with the specifications or that contain validation faults are deemed to be faulty. In such cases, a follow-up – i.e. corrected – delivery may be required. Follow-up deliveries must be designated as such and must contain the entire survey.

Submission deadlines and reminder procedures

If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or public holiday recognised under federal law or by the canton of Zurich, it will be postponed until the following working day.

If a submission deadline for a survey is not complied with, the reporting institution will receive a reminder. In the event of a failure to report, penalties are provided for by law.


Figures may not be rounded and can contain an unlimited number of digits after the decimal point.

Confidentiality and data protection

Confidentiality and data protection are governed by the National Bank Act (NBA) and the National Bank Ordinance (NBO) as well as by the Federal Act on Data Protection of 19 June 1992.

The data collected are used by the SNB exclusively for the purpose of fulfilling its statutory tasks (art. 5 NBA), observing developments on the financial markets (art. 14, para. 1 NBA), or for analysing developments on the financial markets, obtaining an overview of payment transactions, preparing the balance of payments or the statistics on Switzerland’s international investment position (art.15, para.2 NBA). It may transmit data to the appropriate offices (art. 14 para. 2 and art.16, para 4 NBA). If the duty to provide information is breached, the SNB will file a complaint with the Federal Department of Finance (art. 22 para. 3 NBA), which may result in a penalty according to art. 24 NBA. The right to information is provided for under art. 8 Data Protection Act.

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