Earlier today the Securities and Exchange Commission announced that beginning on Monday, October 1, 2012, emerging growth companies and foreign private issuers will be able to submit draft registration statements for confidential and non-public review through the EDGAR system.
From October 1, 2012 until the EDGAR Filer Manual for EDGAR Release 12.2 becomes effective companies have the option of submitting draft registration statements either via the new EDGAR system or the current email system. Once the EDGAR Filer Manual for EDGAR Release 12.2 becomes effective, however, filing through the new EDGAR system will become mandatory.
The Commission also posted instructions on how to prepare an electronic submission of a draft registration statement and amendments thereto.
Update October 11, 2012:
The Commission announced today that the EDGAR Filer Manual for EDGAR Release 12.2 will become effective on October 15, 2012. As such, emerging growth companies and foreign private issuers must begin filing draft registration statements, amendments and related correspondence through the EDGAR system on October 15, 2012.