In June the SEC announced that it was building an EDGAR-based system through which certain Emerging Growth Companies and foreign private issuers could submit draft registration statements for non-public and confidential review. Today the SEC announced that the new EDGAR sysstem will be available on Monday, October 1, 2012. On that date, issuers may choose to submit their draft registration statements either using the current secure email system or via the new EDGAR system. In a future announcement, the SEC will make the filing via the new EDGAR system mandatory.

The SEC posted a brief set of instructions on using the new EDGAR system on the SEC web site.