Customer tests / Releases
New participants in TIPS
To open a TIPS DCA, participants are required to receive a certification from the responsible central bank upon successful completion of the certification tests. The conditions and requirements for testing activities and the certification of new participants are described in the User Testing Terms of Reference. In addition to the specified test cases that have to be completed for certification, there are several other test cases that are recommended by the Bundesbank.
Above and beyond that, new participants decide on the nature and scale of their further testing needs. The ECB provides a test simulator to perform the test cases, which acknowledges instant payments addressed to it either positively or negatively. The use of this simulator is described in the above-mentioned User Testing Terms of Reference. If requested, the National Service Desk will attempt to find test partners.
In addition to the tests in the TIPS test environment, mandatory tests must be performed in the TARGET2 test environment; these concern the provision of liquidity to the TIPS accounts from the payments module of TARGET2. These are described in the TARGET2 Test Guidelines.
TIPS is regularly updated and enhanced (releases). Participants can submit change requests for enhancements.
The processes for TIPS change and release management are currently being coordinated in the Eurosystem. The final documents will be uploaded here once they are complete.