The Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation (GLEIF) is tasked to manage the only open, non-proprietary entity identification system which is designed as a public good. By doing so, it ensures the operational integrity of the Global LEI System and enables people and businesses to make smarter, less costly and more reliable decisions about who to do business with. GLEIF meets these objectives by offering a broad range of services to the public, e.g. LEI data users, and the partners GLEIF cooperates with such as the LEI issuing organizations. Among other things, GLEIF is responsible for:
- Evaluating the suitability of organizations seeking to operate as issuers of Legal Entity Identifiers (LEIs).
- Providing expertise and reliability throughout the organization and management of the system.
- Ensuring access to the complete global LEI data pool, free of charge, to users.
- Continuously optimizing the quality of the LEI data pool.
- Making available comprehensive information on the LEI and the Global LEI System, as well as timely updates on related global developments and GLEIF activities.
The GLEIF Service Catalog, available for download, details the services we provide to both the public and our partners in the Global LEI System.
Download as PDF: GLEIF Service Catalog Version 1.0
To research which specific services may be of interest to you, simply click on the arrow to the right of a service listed in the table below. In addition, the table serves as a pathfinder to dedicated GLEIF website pages featuring detailed information on individual services.
Partnership Program Services
LEI Data Services
Technical interface to allow GLEIF and the LEI issuing organization to check for duplicate LEIs and legal entity reference data (LE-RD) prior to finally issuing a new LEI.
In order to support the LEI issuing organizations, GLEIF provides the appropriate and mandatory processes and a technical interface for LEI issuing organizations to check the LEI and LE-RD data for duplicate entries. The LEI issuers follows the required steps prior to assigning a valid LEI code to a legal entity. Details will be clarified in an Implementation Note.
Interface for local operating units to upload LEI & Legal Entity Reference Data (LE-RD)
Via an interface the LEI issuing organizations are required to upload the LEI and LE-RD files to the Global LEI Repository daily.
Data is represented in the Common Data File Formats. Details will be clarified in Implementation Notes.
The interface provides quality gates for testing of the data. Files or records not passing the quality tests will be rejected.
Entities desiring to become LEI issuing organizations must seek accreditation by GLEIF.
In order to support the integrity of the Global LEI System, an extensive vetting process is in place to ensure that LEI issuing organizations (also referenced as 'Local Operating Units' or LOUs) reflect and incorporate the vision and internal control requirements of GLEIF within their operations.
The Accreditation Manual and Accreditation Checklist (Appendix 02) can be downloaded from GLEIF’s website.
GLEIF’s process of re-verification of the LEI issuing organization's compliance with expected internal controls within its LEI operations.
GLEIF will request from the LEI issuing organization (also referenced as 'Local Operating Unit' or LOU) certain documentation and evidence of compliance with expected internal controls which need to be in place for an accredited LOU to be operational.
This exercise is based upon the current status of internal controls that were verified as part of the LOU’s initial accreditation and as amended in the event under the Accreditation Change Process.
The Annual Accreditation Verification process is executed on or after the anniversary date of the LOU’s date of accreditation as documented on their accreditation certificate.
Using a template provided by GLEIF, the LOU verifies the status of each processing area as mentioned in the Accreditation Checklist. For areas where significant changes have occurred, the LOU documents the nature and extent of the changes and how it/they effected LEI processing. Supporting documentation must be provided as additional information regarding the change(s).
GLEIF reviews this information and assesses the overall impact of any changes noted in the internal controls. GLEIF determines if the changed internal controls still meet the required control standard and advises the LOU as to whether any remediation action is required.
A central web based communication portal for all communications between GLEIF and the LEI issuing organizations (also referenced as 'Local Operating Units' or LOUs).
This service provides a central location for accessing LOU-Only information where LOUs can share information and experience among themselves regarding LEI Services.
The functionalities provided within this service are a shared calendar for all LOUs, a repository of information, a common platform to raise questions / request feedback, and a web interface for the LOUs' Service Level Agreement (SLA) reporting.