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Appointed Conformance Agency (ACA)

A Conformance Agency that is appointed by Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) to certify that a party Conforms to a Conformance Set.

Note that, at this stage, neither are there any Appointed Conformance Agencies in existence nor are there any specific plans for DDEX to appoint such Appointed Conformance Agencies.

Business Profile

A subset of a DDEX message suite standard that limits the use of data fields for use in a specific business scenario. Business Profiles do typically not limit the descriptions of Releases and their constituent parts but focus on Products based on such Releases.

Business Profiles are defined by DDEX and are themselves DDEX standards.

Compliance, Compliant

The terms compliance or compliant are used synonymous to Conformance and Conformant.

Conformance Set

A combination of Conformance Points. Conformance Sets are the smallest criteria for which Conformance can be asserted.

For Message Suite Standards, a Conformance Set is equivalent to a Business Profile or Release Profile.

Conformance Agency

A Party that offers Conformance certification services to test conformance of other parties. A CA can either be a Private Conformance Agency (PCA) or an Appointed Conformance Agency (ACA).

Conformance Agencies are entitled to issue Conformance Certificates.

Conformance Certificate

A document awarded to companies that have proven that their supply chain is Conformant to a DDEX Standard in accordance with this Standard. It may be possible to issue multiple Conformance Certificates to a single company with respect to a single Conformance Set, if the company has several, largely independent supply chains.

The issuance of Conformance Certificate shall be done in accordance with a well-documented and published set of policies.

Conformance Certificate Register

A register of all Conformance Certificates, maintained and published by DDEX or by an authorised third party on behalf of DDEX.

For Partial Conformant Parties, the Conformance Certificate Register shall include information about which Conformance Points have not passed the Conformance Test and how.

Contractually Mandatory

An entity in a DDEX Message that has the technical cardinality of 0-1 or 0-n but that is mandatory when a DDEX message is sent in a specific commercial context.

Contractually Mandatory fields may, however, be mandatory when a DDEX message is sent in a specific commercial context. In such circumstances, a message is deemed conformant only if and when it contains all the “contractually mandatory” fields as agreed by Message Sender and Message Recipient.

Conformance Weighting

A parameter given to each Conformance Point that can be used to determine if a Party’s supply chain is Partially Conformant or Fully Conformant.

Conformance Weightings are documented in the Relevant Profile Standard in pointy brackets as follows: <Conformance Weighting: 1>

Full Conformance

A company’s supply chain is Fully Conformant to a specific Conformance Set when it fulfils all criteria laid down in the respective clause of this standard. Companies that are found to be Fully Conformant by a Conformance Agency are entitled to displaying a Conformance Certificate.

Partial Conformance

A company’s supply chain is Fully Conformant to a specific Conformance Set when it fulfils  well-defined subset  of all criteria laid down in the respective clause of this standard. Companies that are found to be Partiallly Conformant by a Conformance Agency are entitled to displaying a Conformance Certificate.

Private Conformance Agency (PCA)

A Conformance Agencies that is not appointed by Digital Data Exchange, LLC (DDEX) to certify that a party Conforms to one or more Conformance Point.

Peer Conformance

Process by which an organisation that wishes to use DDEX standards with a business partner tests the Conformance of that business partner using this Standard.

Release Profile

A subset of a DDEX message suite standard that limits the use of data fields for use in a specific business scenario. Release Profiles do typically limit the descriptions of Releases and their constituent parts and do not address Products based on such Releases.

Release Profiles are defined by DDEX and are themselves DDEX standards.

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