If a Registration Authority (RA) is to be established for a country,
either at the initiative of the administration
of the ITU Member State or of the ISO
Member Body, the following steps need to be followed (as an application
of Recommendation ITU-T X.660
| ISO/IEC 9834-1, clauses A.4.6 and A.5.5):
- Identify the organization(s) for the administration
of the ITU Member State and the ISO
Member Body (if any), and agree a contact point between them.
Note: In the exceptional case that a country/state has only an administration
of the ITU Member State or only an ISO Member Body, then that organization
can and will operate alone, but the letter referred to below should
still be sent.
- Determine to set up an RA for the country under arc
country(16)} (preferably; otherwise under arc
member-body(2)}), and agree and appoint the organization
that will administer it (see "What are
the duties of an RA?").
Note: It is the responsibility of the administration
of the ITU Member State and of the ISO
Member Body to (regularly) check that the designated RA abides
by the requirements of Rec.
ITU-T X.660 | ISO/IEC 9834-1 and in particular that fees (if any)
are charged on a cost-recovery basis (clause 11).
- Agree and (if appropriate) document the criteria that will be used
for the first level of allocations within the country and any charging
regime that is to operate (see "Are
there guidelines or standards regarding subsequent arcs of a country
- Consider whether the top-level of allocations within the country
are to be made public (e.g. placed in this OID repository)
Note: There is no requirement for the allocations to be public, but
backed-up records should be kept, and it is recommended that preference
be given to making public at least the top-level of allocations within
the country .
- Establish how organizations within the country will become aware
of the criteria for getting sub-allocations (see "Which
information is necessary to apply for an OID?"), and how
they are to contact the RA for the country.
- Consider whether it might be appropriate to develop a dedicated
application or web-site to assist those organizations wishing to obtain
allocations under the country RA.
- Produce a letter (preferably in English,
otherwise in one of the 5 other official languages of the United Nations,
using the suggested template), signed by official
representatives (perhaps with a seal/stamp) of the administration
of the ITU Member State and the ISO Member Body.
Note: In the case of a country arc under
member-body(2)} the decision is only taken by the ISO
National Body of the country.
- Forward this letter to either or both of ITU-T
SG17 and ISO/IEC
JTC 1/SC 6.
Note: In practice, this letter is forwarded to the ITU-T
SG17 OID Project leader (who also happens to be the webmaster
of this web site), and the Project leader will arrange for further
- The country RA can then begin operation.
- The letter will in due course be recorded in the report of the relevant
SG17 plenary meeting, and in a Resolution of the relevant ISO/IEC
JTC 1/SC 6 meeting. A copy will also be made available in this
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