Components of the escrow arrangement for technology

The supplier hands over the technology, under strict conditions, to us as an independent escrow agent. We manage this technology in a special and well-secured depot where no one can access it.

There are two basic variants of the arrangement, but because it often involves technology developed specifically and on demand, the individual escrow arrangement is the most common.

Overleg Escrow Regelingen

1. The escrow agreement (legal).

The escrow agreement is the legal document in which you record all agreements made.

We release the materials in our custody (the repository) to the beneficiary or foundation if the software vendor can no longer ensure the continuity of the software application. Then any arrangements for temporary continuation of services that may have been agreed with the service provider take effect. We release the materials under strict conditions and based on verifiable facts that must be consistent with the grounds for continuation from the escrow agreement.


  • the escrow agreement protects the continuity of the beneficiary
  • the strict control of the predetermined grounds for continuation also protect the continuity of the supplier

2. The technical verification (control)

We check the material given on deposit so that software vendors and users can be sure that the material is complete and working properly. We call that Technical Verification Service (TVS). We perform these at four levels (TVS Levels), depending on the situation and supplier and user requirements.

TVS Level I - Integrity verification.

This basic verification is standard in our services; we perform it on every submission of material. It is basic verification, including checking for material integrity. It provides assurance that the material deposited is, among other things, virus-free, accessible and of the expected type.

TVS Level 2 - Material audit

This is basic verification, including an audit on the material given on deposit.

  • Among other things, the verification department verifies by spot checks (spot checks) on the material.
  • The verification department checks that specific agreements regarding the material have been met.
  • The verification department determines whether specific predefined f files are present.

TVS Level 3 - Complete verification.

An escrow arrangement for technology is characterized by the fact that the deposited material does not contain only, if at all, software components, but also entirely other components, such as recipes, technical drawings, know-how about the product, data (critical) suppliers, etc. Therefore, complete verification in technology escrow is always customized. The purpose of this verification is to demonstrate that the deposited material meets the stated continuity purposes of the escrow arrangement. Depending on the verification to be performed, external expertise may be hired. The entire performance of the verification will at all times be the responsibility of Escrow Alliance.

3. The depot (secure storage).

The deposit (escrow deposit) consists of materials needed to ensure continuity if the supplier goes out of business. Therefore, the material must contain everything to ensure the desired continuity.


  • Recipes
  • Construction drawings
  • Bill of Materials (BOM).
  • Software/firmware and/or source code of the product
  • Overview of critical suppliers and/or personnel
  • (Building) instructions
  • Documentation of the product [voor het onderhoud]
  • Description of production processes

How can you submit?

We like to make submitting material as easy, efficient and manageable as possible. Therefore, we look at the options available to the software vendor.
Supplying can include


  • Secure ftp
  • Various source code management systems such as GitLab, GitHub, Bitbucket
  • Cloud environments
  • A mix of delivery methods

Always up-to-date material in storage?

How often you have to deliver the material depends on the arrangements made. In any case, it is possible to file in real time with us. That means we continuously update the materials online. We then process the material into an official registered deposit at pre-arranged times or ad hoc.

Dual storage

Escrow Alliance offers standard dual material storage. That is, we keep a copy of the deposit in two geographically separate locations.

Storage takes place in the Netherlands and can:

  • physically, in specially equipped data vaults
  • electronically, on well-secured servers
  • both physical and electronic

The vaults are ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified, as is Escrow Alliance itself. Only authorised and screened personnel have access to the vaults.

What if Escrow Alliance falls away?

In the escrow agreement, we make it standard that the deposits will be returned to the supplier or go to a newly designated escrow agent if Escrow Alliance unexpectedly goes out of business. To fulfill this promise, the Continuity and Guarantee Escrow Alliance (SCWEA) Foundation manages the vaults. The foundation has the right to return materials in that case.

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