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Services and features for EBS markets New Release testing are being phased into the CME Globex New Release environment according to the EBS Market on CME Globex Launch Schedule, which includes details on New Release and Production milestones, including session creation launch dates. 

With the launch of EBS Market on CME Globex for client testing, two testing environments will be available to EBS clients. These environments are in separate data centers and have distinct connectivity. EBS clients should select the testing environment(s) that support the trading platforms, modes and services they need:

  • EBS Customer Lab
  • CME Globex New Release Environment -  clients may choose from the following connectivity options:
    • CME Cert VPN: a secure, encrypted tunnel through an internet service that supports VPN protocols.
    • CME Cert Data Center: cross-connect to CME Data Center locations (where offered), using a 1Gbps fiber handoff.

For complete details, refer to the EBS Integration - Environments Overview. 

CME Request Center NR/Cert is used to create and view requests for CME Globex entities and post-trade information for use during testing. After testing is complete, CME Group requires that all client systems are certified by AutoCert+, the CME Group API certification tool that is used to test API conformance for Order Entry, Market Data, and Drop Copy.

Please choose the applicable scenario to test EBS Market:

New Clients

EBS clients who are new to using AutoCert+ and CME Request Center NR/Cert must complete the following steps:

  1. Secure connectivity to CME Group’s Globex New Release environment.  
    1. Clients must submit the Environment Access Request and Change Form for EBS on CME Globex to access the CME Globex New Release environment.
  2. Ensure that you have registered a CME Group Login with application access for each user requiring access to the CME Group testing environments. 
  3. Provide your CME Global Account Manager (GAM) with your CME Group Login(s). Your account manager enables access to the test environment and entitles users to the respective firms.
  4. Request access to Reference Data API
  5. Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  6. Submit company details for approval. You may proceed to the next step prior to receiving this approval.

    From the Market drop-down, select EBS.
  7. Create an application system profile and submit it for approval.
  8. Create additional users if necessary. Your CME GAM reviews and approves your company details, application system details and new users.
  9. Create Globex Firm IDs (GFID) and Globex User Signatures (GUS).

    • The legacy term "Deal/Floor Code" is now referred to as "Globex Firm ID (GFID).
    • The legacy term "Trader Id" is now referred to as "Globex User Signature (GUS)".
    • Some Production GFID(s) have been prepopulated by CME Group and will be migrated to the Production environment when available. When creating a test environment GFID, do not use an existing Production GFID.
  10. Create iLink, Drop Copy, and Market Data (MDP TCP) sessions as needed using the GFID you created in the previous step. 

    iLink, Drop Copy and Market Data sessions are created on Wednesday during the maintenance window and available for client testing immediately after the maintenance window; and on Friday after the close for use the following Monday

    For example, an iLink session requested on Monday afternoon will be available for client use after the Wednesday maintenance window. An iLink session requested on Wednesday night will be available on the following Monday.

  11. Create secure key pairs for iLink and Drop Copy sessions.
  12. Create a canonical FIX message for iLink and Drop Copy sessions and populate the HMAC signature for logon.
  13. Configure the IPs and ports for your iLink, Drop Copy, and/or MDP TCP sessions. From CME Request Center NR/Cert, IP/Port details are available from EBS Requests>Order Entry Session.
  14. Subscribe to receive Test Environment Notifications via email.
  15. Begin testing in the new release environment.
  16. Complete certification using the available AutoCert+ test suites, as available.

Existing Clients - Add EBS Market to Customer Profile

Clients who have an existing customer profile in CME Request Center NR/Cert and need to test EBS Market must complete the following steps to add EBS Market to their profile:

  1. Request access to Reference Data API
  2. Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  3. Edit the most recently approved company details to include EBS as a Market and Submit

  4. Your CME GAM reviews and approves your company details update. 

  5. As needed, create Globex Firm IDs (GFID) and Globex User Signatures (GUS)

    Some Production GFID(s) have been prepopulated by CME Group and will be migrated to the Production environment when available. When creating a test environment GFID, do not use an existing Production GFID.

  6. Create iLink, Drop Copy, and Market Data (MDP TCP) sessions as needed using the GFID you created in the previous step.

    iLink, Drop Copy and Market Data sessions are created on Wednesday during the maintenance window and available for client testing immediately after the maintenance window; and on Friday after the close for use the following Monday.

    For example, an iLink session requested on Monday afternoon will be available for client use after the Wednesday maintenance window. An iLink session requested on Wednesday night will be available on the following Monday.

  7. Create secure key pairs for iLink and Drop Copy sessions.
  8. Create a canonical FIX message for iLink and Drop Copy sessions and populate the HMAC signature for logon.
  9. Configure the IPs and ports for your iLink, Drop Copy, and/or MDP TCP sessions. From CME Request Center NR/Cert, IP/Port details are available from EBS Requests>Order Entry Session. 
  10. Begin testing in the new release environment. 
  11. Complete certification using the available AutoCert+ test suites, as available.

End to End Testing for EBS Central Post Trade APIs

Firms requesting end to end testing between CME Globex and EBS Central Post Trade (CPT) APIs require specific GFID setup with end to end permission from NR/Cert Request Center and mapped between CME Globex New Release environment and Customer Lab:

This functionality will be available on June 19, 2021.


  • Ensure that you have registered a CME Group Login with application access for each user requiring access to the CME Group testing environments. 
  • Provide your CME Global Account Manager (GAM) with your CME Group Login(s). Your account manager enables access to the CME Request Center NR/Cert test environment and entitles users to the respective firms.
  • Log into CME Request Center NR/Cert using your CME Group Login. The path is CME Group Customer Center>Administration>Request Center NR/Cert. See additional login details as needed.
  • Create a Globex Firm ID (GFID) and select Yes to the question "Do you require Post Trade Testing?" so a specific GFID is assigned and mapped to the EBS Customer Lab (CL).
  • Create a Globex User Signature (GUS).
  • Request an Order Entry Session on the assigned GFID. Test trades will flow to the Customer Lab for verification.
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