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Requiring comments for access requests and approvals in IdentityIQ 8.2

Requiring comments for access requests and approvals in IdentityIQ 8.2


IdentityIQ 8.2 adds the ability make comments required on access requests and approvals/denials, so users can provide business justifications when submitting access requests, and when approving or rejecting requests. Comments can be applied at the overall request level, or individually at the item level.

You also have the option to use rule logic to choose which entitlements and roles require comments when they are requested.

Video: Making comments required in access requests and approvals

This brief video gives an overview and demo of how this feature works.


Requiring comments for access requests

The requirement for comments on access requests is configured as an IdentityIQ global setting.

  1. Click gear > Global Settings > IdentityIQ Configuration.
  2. Click the Miscellaneous tab.
  3. Scroll down to the Manage User Access Require Comments Settings section, and choose your settings for requiring comments:
    • Check the Require comments for all access items option to require comments for all access requests.
    • If you want to use a rule to refine how comment requirements work (for example, to require comments for only certain entitlements or roles), select one or more rules from the Configuration Rules list. Note that if you check the Require comments for all access items option, comments will be required for all items, and any selected rules will be ignored. Any rules in your IdentityIQ instance of type "CommentConfig" are included in this list.

  4. Save your changes.


Requiring comments for access approvals or denials

IdentityIQ uses a business process to control comment requirements for approvals or denials of access requests.

  1. Click Setup > Business Processes.
  2. Select the LCM Provisioning business process, or your organization's custom business process for provisioning if you use one.
  3. Click the Process Variables tab.
  4. Use the checkbox options Require comments for approval and Require comments for denial to set your comment preferences.

  5. Save your changes.


How users see comment requirements

In access requests, required comments are made at the Review and Submit stage of the access request. The comment icon is marked with a red asterisk when a comment is required. A comment at the overall request level, though the icon is not asterisked, will satisfy the comments requirement. Comments can also be made individually on each access item.


In approvals, the comments icon is green to indicate that there are comments from the requestor are present.


A pop-up dialog requesting comments opens when the reviewer clicks the option to approve or deny the request.



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Does the 8.2 deployment come with an example comment config rule? Just wondering if this is a new object type.  Thanks

@victor_dimare the 'Example Comment Config Rule' within the WEB-INF\config\examplerules.xml file provides a good starting point.


Cancel request one option is coming up for each each request, until request status is completed (if request is in waiting, provisioning then also cancel option is available ). I am working in 8.2. Can anyone help me out?


When user raise a request the requester has to give comment mandatory. In Access Request the requester comment is displayed. But what ever the comment given by manager and Owner the comment is not displayed in the access request.


Hi All,


Is it possible to hide global Comments on overall request level,

we need only individual comments at the item level. 


Kind Regards,


I realize this is for Identity IQ... but, is this planned for any upcoming release of IdentityNow?

Thanks in adance!

Hi @Chandu_1269 

Were you able to find, how We can hide the global comment on overall Request level, or where it is configured to be able to customize it at least ?


Thanks in Advance, 


Good Morning All, 

I'm trying to see if there is a way that I could somehow validate that certain words are used in a required comment. Where would I attempt to configure that? I read in the developer forum that there's a way to edit the default text in a comment box from the properties file, but that doesn't validate anything. Wondering if anyone knows or has heard anything about something like this? maybe a pre-approval rule in the workflow...i don't know. 


any suggestions?

Hi @uzaifa_siddiqui , @Chandu_1269 ,

Were you able to hide the global comment or individual item comment on access request page? Currently I am working in 8.2p4 version.

Thanks in advance.



Hi, We have not yet been able to hide/remove that option. If you are able to find this out. Please let me know too

Thanks and Regards,
Uzaifa Siddiqui


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