Certain data fields have been exempt from the compliance requirements of the Data Certification Program for all non-stock and repair/replacement items within the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW) since the launch of the program. This exemption status – allowing for a manufacturer to leave the identified fields blank without incurring any penalty toward program achievements - was extended to the programmatic excellence requirements in Q2 2016.
These programmatic excellence exemptions were originally scheduled to be lifted from non-stock items only by Q2 of 2017, but exemptions will now remain in place for non-stock items through December 31, 2017.
Why did IDEA extend the period allowing exemptions for non-stock items?
The extension of the exemption period accommodates the roll-out of the Next-Generation IDW platform to customers in Q3 and Q4, 2017. Learn more at http://idea4industry.com/applications/next-gen.
Which data fields are exempt from the compliance and programmatic excellence requirements?
To see a full list of all exempted fields, click the “Guidelines” button on the Data Certification landing page within the IDW (log into the IDW, and navigate to Advanced > Information > Data Certification). In summary, exemptions fall within certain packaging, digital assets, and category attributes fields for non-stock items and repair/replacement items.
If, however, a manufacturer does populate one of the exempt fields, then all of the content within that field will be evaluated as normal.
Do exemptions impact Data Certification achievements?
Yes. If a manufacturer’s compliance and programmatic excellence have been achieved due to these exemptions, those items will NOT be eligible for full data certification.
Will the exemptions for repair/replacement items also extend through December 2017?
Though non-stock exemptions are scheduled to end in December 2017, the repair/replacement exemptions will remain in place for the foreseeable future.