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s4/hana1709 - deactivate CO Company Code Validation indicator (OKKP)


I have a question regarding the ability to make a cross-company code assignment in S4/HANA Finance or EM.

I have a scenario where a cost center must be used by several company codes. the company codes use the same controlling area and i defined the assignment control as "cross-company code cost accounting". The indicator for "company code validation" is flagged by default and can not be deactivated !

when i try to deactivate it, the system issue the following message:

Please activate company code validation (mandatory)

Message no. FINS_ACDOC_CUST253


Company code validation is inactive for CO area Z001 and fiscal year 2017.

System Response

Cross-company cost assignment is only possible for external postings, such as material consumption in SAP S/4HANA.


Please activate company code validation.

I understand that this is a change with S4/HANA but this was possible in ECC !

does S4/HANA provide a new way to make such scenario ?

i found no OSS note nor documentation on this topic ?

thanks in advance for the SAP community.



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    Former Member
    Jan 01, 2018 at 07:08 PM

    Hello Thejas,

    thank you for your reply.

    well noted for the new data model with S4H, indeed FI and CO are now merged.

    but what's the workaround to set a cost center cross-company code in S4H ?The idea is to simply our CO models because we have thousands of cost centers and the maintenance is important !

    best regards,


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    Dec 27, 2017 at 09:12 AM

    In general, SAP doesn't recommend or support cross-company code assignment anymore in order to avoid any possible data inconsistencies when costs or revenues are allocated within Controlling (by allocation, settlement, revenue recognition etc). As you can see from the note 2313690, the system logic has changed and the external and internal accounting data are reconciled at all times. As a consequence, the option not of not using company code validation when assigning cost or revenues to cost objects is not available.

    Kindly refer the notes 2310493 and note 2450376 to find other options to avoid cross-company cost assignments. To avoid any possible inconsistencies, it is recommended to always activate the company code validation in controlling area setting and the error FINS_ACDOC_CUST253 you are facing is a system design.

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    • We are in ECC 6.0 EHP 7 SoH and we have the cross-compañy cost center option active; we have about 18,900 cost centers and +450 Company codes. We are planning to move to S/4 in the Conversion Scenario because our installation is recent (January 2014) and technically it is possible. What will happen whit the history if it's not possible to use this scenario in S/4?

      Thanks in advance for share your opinion