Posted on Wednesday, February 3, 2021

On February 3, 2021, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced that they will be releasing a limited access pilot test environment for beta-testers, to help filers and vendors try out the impact of a new URL that will be used for EDGAR submissions.  The test environment, EDGAR BETA, will give filers and vendors early access to changes scheduled for an upcoming EDGAR Release. EDGAR BETA gives EDGAR submission software providers the ability to run tests in a safe, non-public environment, so that they can identify needed adjustments to custom software, automation routines, and business processes, to make sure they are compatible with planned EDGAR software changes.

This test environment is what the XBRL US Regulatory Modernization Working Group (RMWG) has been actively advocating for since Fall 2020. The RMWG submitted this letter to the SEC COO in August last year, and has held two subsequent meetings with the SEC to address a possible test environment along with other EDGAR-related issues.