The Corporate Registers Forum is one of four global associations focused on business registries and their administration. This page serves as a link to other sources of information within the global registry community.
The International Business Registers Report
The International Business Registers Survey and Report aims to assist business registers in comparing their own practice and performance with those of other jurisdictions.
Copies of the reports are available from the page linked below.
IACA | International Association of Commercial Administrators
The International Association of Commercial Administrators (IACA) is a professional association for government administrators of business entity and secured transaction record systems at the state, provincial and national level in any jurisdiction which has or anticipates development of such systems. IACA has a focus on the United States and Canadian registry community.
Founded in 1978, IACA membership is open to :
- U.S. or Canadian government agency employees; and
- Your agency has administrative or policy authority for, or provides information technology support to, business entity divisions or departments and/or Uniform Commercial Code divisions or departments.
International membership is open to any jurisdiction representing foreign governmental agencies outside of the U.S. or Canada whose agency has administrative or policy authority for, or provides information technology support to, business entity divisions or departments, and/or those agency divisions or departments that handle matters contained in or similar to, the Uniform Commercial Code.
EBRA | European Business Registry Association
The European Business Registry Association (EBRA) was formed in January 2019 through the coalition of the European Business Register (EBR) and the European Commerce Registers’ Forum (ECRF).
EBR started as a technical cooperation between business registers in 1992. Its origin can be found in the provisions of the First Company Law Directive that defines a mandatory list of information that every Member State must register about their companies (Article 2). From its inception EBR has acted in support of business registers, in promoting business transparency, and the European Commission, in advancing the objectives of the single market. The funding of the network is provided by the annual membership fee of the partners.
ASORLAC | The Association of Registers of Latin America and the Caribbean
The Association of Registers of Latin America and the Caribbean (Asorlac) is a non-profit organization registered in 2010 within the framework of the CCB International Conference and in cooperation with the International Finance Corporation (IFC).
The Association’s main objective is to promote and facilitate exchanging information on the registration systems at each one of the member countries, their roles and responsibilities, their management models, the technologies they use to respond to all registration changes and trends within the international context, in order to become a forum on registry procedures best practices, the liason among the Latin American and the Caribbean Countries and the CRF.
www.doingbusiness.org | Doing Business
The Doing Business project provides objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 178 countries and selected cities at the subnational and regional level. Doing Business is a guide for evaluating regulations that directly impact economic growth, downloading underlying laws, making cross-country comparisons, and identifying good practice reforms.
CAPAM | Commonwealth Association of Public Administration and Management
The Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) is dedicated to strengthening public management and consolidating democracy and good governance throughout the Commonwealth.
UNCITRAL | United Nations Commission on International Trade Law
The core legal body of the United Nations system in the field of international trade law. A legal body with universal membership specializing in commercial law reform worldwide for over 50 years, UNCITRAL’s business is the modernization and harmonization of rules on international business.
Trade means faster growth, higher living standards, and new opportunities through commerce. In order to increase these opportunities worldwide, UNCITRAL is formulating modern, fair, and harmonized rules on commercial transactions. These include:
- Conventions, model laws and rules which are acceptable worldwide
- Legal and legislative guides and recommendations of great practical value
- Updated information on case law and enactments of uniform commercial law
- Technical assistance in law reform projects
- Regional and national seminars on uniform commercial law
The working group has been looking at a model companies law along with a legislative guide on key principles of a business registry.
BRIS | Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS)
The Business Registers Interconnection System (BRIS) infrastructure will facilitate the access to information on EU companies for the public and ensure that all EU business registers can communicate to each other electronically in a safe and secure way in relation to cross-border mergers and foreign branches. The ultimate aim is to enhance confidence in the single market through transparency and up-to-date information and reduce unnecessary burdens on companies. The system will consist of:
- A core services platform, named “European Central Platform” (ECP);
- The Member States business registers; and
- The e-Justice portal which will provide an interface serving as European electronic access point to information on companies.