Since the creation of the ISRC system, the International ISRC Agency has appointed National ISRC Agencies in 50 territories.
National ISRC Agencies carry out the majority of the day-to-day work in maintaining the ISRC system internationally.
National ISRC Agencies provide a means for ISRC to be widely available to producers of recordings in their territories, including the ability for producers to apply for Registrant Codes in their own language. They also provide information, advocacy and support for the ISRC system and its benefits.
In implementing their responsibility to allocate Registrant Codes to the producers of sound recordings or music video recordings, National ISRC Agencies would be expected to operate a process aligned with that set out in these guidelines
National ISRC Agency Responsibilities
National ISRC Agencies are obliged according to ISO 3901 to do the following:
- Inform all producers in their respective countries about the ISRC system and its benefits and promote its use;
- Use best endeavours to ensure that all tracks of digital recordings issued by producers after 1 January 1992, have an ISRC number;
- Inform all producers of the national Country Code, as per ISO 3166;
- Allocate Registrant Codes to all producers and inform them of their codes;
- Use all reasonable efforts to ensure that all tracks originated in the country are allocated ISRC numbers by the producer. (The (P) notice on a recording is to be used as a guide to the correct allocation and use of Registrant Codes);
- Provide producers with guidelines on the practical implementation of the system and resolve operational problems in liaison with the International Registration Authority (IFPI) to prevent inconsistencies;
- Keep a record of all Registrant Codes and to which companies they were allocated and in accordance with ISO 3901, prepare two listings in alphanumeric sequence;
- Act as a controller and arbitrator for all ISRC matters in the country;
- Report, once a year, to the International Registration Authority (IFPI) on the implementation of ISRC in their respective countries;
- When possible, act as a repository for information on sound recording identification and ownership in their country.
National ISRC Agencies may also choose whether to appoint ISRC Managers.
For National ISRC Agencies who have not previously appointed ISRC Managers, please contact the International Registration Authority (IFPI) to discuss before making any appointments.
Procedure for National Agency Appointments
Once an entity has decided that it would like to be appointed as a National ISRC Agency, the following procedure applies:
- The entity wishing to become a National ISRC Agency should apply to the International Registration Authority (IFPI) using a standard form, giving full contact details, a rationale for why it should be appointed and its capability to fulfil the role.
- The International Registration Authority (IFPI) will mail a skeleton of the application to other national agencies, and local recording industry members (if the applicant is not their trade association). It will take representations, make appropriate enquiries and recommend acceptance or rejection.
- Once a decision has been made, this will be communicated as above and made public on the IFPI website for a period of 14 days for comments, after which an unopposed decision will become final.
- Substantive objections from an applicant to a provisional rejection or from another party to a provisional acceptance will be referred to an appeal panel consisting of the CEO of IFPI, the Secretary of ISO TC46/SC9 (the standards committee dealing with the ISRC) and an independent expert agreed by the first two members. The appeal panel will take into account local conditions in the relevant territory and the smooth operation of the international ISRC system in making its decision, which will be final.
- Names of successful applications will be published on the IFPI website.
New Applications for National Agency Appointment
Applicants pending appointment:
Notices on National Agency Appointments
The International ISRC Agency wishes to draw the attention of potential new National Agencies to the pending review of international standard ISO 3901:2001. Potential applicants are referred to Bulletin 2009/02. At the present time the International ISRC Agency may give consideration to suitable applications for appointment as a National ISRC Agency. The circumstances should be discussed between the International ISRC Agency and the potential applicant.
New ISRC Agencies:
Procedure for National Agency Revocation
When it is provided with evidence that a National Agency has failed in its obligations, the International Agency uses the following process:
- The National Agency will be reminded of its obligations under ISO 3901 and informed of the evidence provided to the International Agency. It will be given 14-days to respond. The International Agency will ensure that the identity of parties providing evidence is not revealed.
- During that period the National Agency must either (i) demonstrate that the evidence does not indicate failure, or (ii) clearly document planned appropriate corrective action. If the International Agency is not satisfied with the response, it will take representations, make appropriate enquiries and if appropriate, recommend revocation of the Agency’s appointment.
- Once a decision has been made, this will be communicated to the National Agency and made public on the ISRC website for a period of 14 days for comments, after which an unopposed decision will become final.
- Substantive objections from the National Agency to the decision to revoke its appointment as the National ISRC Agency will be referred to an appeal panel consisting of the CEO of IFPI, the Secretary of ISO TC46/SC9 (the standards committee dealing with the ISRC) and an independent expert agreed by the first two members. The appeal panel will take into account local conditions in the relevant territory and the smooth operation of the international ISRC system in making its decision, which will be final.
- Within 2 weeks of notification of the decision to revoke its status as a National Agency, the National Agency shall forward to the International Agency all documents relating to the assignment of ISRC Registrant Codes in its possession or control so that a successor National Agency is able to meet its obligations under ISO 3901.