Effective January 1, 2011 ACTA initiated a new, annual ACTA Responsible Party Code (RPC) Data Validation Program.
Question: What is the RPC Data Validation Program?
Answer: The RPC Data Validation Program requires Responsible Parties to validate the data ascribed to their organization on an annual basis, whether or not new equipment was registered during the calendar year. The RPC Data which must be validated, includes but is not limited to: RPC’s point(s) of contact, address(es), phone number(s), email address(es), and website URL.
RPCs that are updated will be noted by a “label” to show that the RPC data have been validated and are accurate. On at least an annual basis, ACTA will provide the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with reports detailing those responsible parties who have, and have not, validated their data with regard to Part 68.
Question: Why did ACTA launch the Program?
Answer: An important responsibility of the ACTA is to maintain an accurate and up-to-date database of all Part 68 Telephone Terminal Equipment (TTE). The information associated with a Responsible Party Code (RPC) is extremely important to the FCC, the U.S. Customs and consumers. The RPC is the main piece of information that establishes the connection between the responsible party and the telephone equipment stored in the database. As a result, it is imperative that the information be correct, not only at the time of the filing, but on an on-going basis.
Inaccurate contact information associated with an RPC poses a problem not only for the FCC, the U.S. Customs and consumers who have questions/issues with products or company information, but also for ACTA when releasing important information regarding Part 68 compliance.
Question: Who should participate in the Program?
Responsible Parties or their Authorized Submitted (e.g. TCB or independent lab) should validate their RPC Data. Each individual RPC must be validated.
Question: How often do Responsible Parties need to validate their RPC data?
Answer: Responsible Parties are required to validate their data on a yearly basis regardless of whether any changes occurred during the current calendar year. Responsible Parties cannot validate their data for more than one calendar year. Validation for the next calendar year begins on October 1st of the previous year. For the 2011 calendar year, validation will begin on January 1, 2011 when the program was initially launched.
Question: What should Responsible Parties do if their RPC data changes during a calendar year which they have already validated their date?
Answer: Any additional changes to the RPC data can be changed throughout the year for no additional cost by contacting the AOF Secretariat. The Responsible Party will not be able to change the Company Name. The changing of a company name will require manual submission to the secretariat and is classified as a transfer of RPC filing. This is a completely different filing process requirement.
Question: How do participants validate their RPC data?
Answer: Requests for an RPC Data Validation can be submitted electronically through AOF http://part68.org/filingmain.aspx or by manual submission to the ACTA Secretariat using the Data Validation Submission Form RPC Data Validation Form Version 1.0 .
Question: What are the costs associated with the Program?
Answer: The annual fee for Data Validation via AOF is $125.00 (a discounted fee of $95.00 is available to Responsible Parties that file between November 1 of the previous calendar year through February 1 of the actual year.
Question: I have several products in the ACTA database that use the same RPC code, do I need to validate each product?
Answer: No, you only need to validate the Responsible Party Code. Once the Responsible Party Code has been validated all associated products using that Responsible Party Code will update automatically to display the correct information.
Question: My company currently has several Responsibel Party codes, do I need to validate each Responsible Party Code annually?
Answer: Yes, each responsible Party Code will need to be updated annually.
Any addition questions or comments should be submitted to the ACTA Secretariat via Email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at +1.202.628.6380