Stakeholder testing

Stakeholder testing involves data providers testing how data is submitted to the Incomes Register, and data users testing how data is received in a stakeholder testing environment. Data provider testing is designed to ensure that the organisation's payroll software or travel management system generates records that meet the requirements set for data in the Incomes Register. Earnings payment data user testing focuses on testing earnings payment data records.

Stakeholder testing is divided into two phases

The first phase, beginning on 1 March 2018, involves testing the Incomes Register's technical interfaces with regard to the submission and distribution of earnings payment data. Stakeholder testing of the technical interfaces will be carried out by the earnings payment data providers who will build the Incomes Register's technical interface, such as software companies and businesses, and the parties that will use Incomes Register data in 2019: the Tax Administration, the Social Insurance Institution of Finland Kela, earnings-related pension providers and the Finnish Centre for Pensions ETK, and the Unemployment Insurance Fund. The upload/download section of the e-service will be available for stakeholder testing on 2 May 2018. The testing of the remaining functions of the Incomes Register e-service will start on 13 August 2018.

The second phase of stakeholder testing, beginning in March 2019, will involve testing services that will be deployed in 2020, i.e. services related to the submission and distribution of benefits data, alongside stakeholders. Furthermore, the testing of earnings payment data distribution will continue with respect to second-phase users. The stakeholder testing plan for benefits will be published in October 2018.

The Incomes Register Project will generate customer data to be used by stakeholders during testing. The test data will comprise imaginary test customers. Stakeholders may also use their own test customers in addition to the records generated by the Incomes Register Project during testing. The Incomes Register Project must be notified of the use of stakeholders' own test customers. As this is a testing environment for a system under development, the test records used must not contain production data (EU Data Protection Regulation, Articles 25 and 32).

You can report your organisation's contact persons for testing to the following address:


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