Notice to Members 06-17

NASD Extends Compliance Date for Recent Amendments to NASD's Order Audit Trail System Rules

Compliance Date: July 10, 2006

In November 2005, NASD issued Notice to Members (NTM) 05-78 announcing Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) approval of amendments to Rules 6950 through 6957 (OATS Rules) relating to the Order Audit Trail System (OATS), as well as questions and answers regarding the application of the amended OATS reporting requirements. In April 2006, NASD issued NTM 06-15 announcing SEC approval of further amendments to the OATS Rules that expanded NASD's exemptive authority relating to manual orders to include the OATS electronic recording requirements. The compliance date of these amendments was May 8, 2006. NASD is issuing this Notice to advise members that on April 20, 2006, NASD filed a rule change for immediate effectiveness to extend the compliance date of these recent amendments to July 10, 2006.1 The text of Rules6957(c) and 6958(c), as amended, is set forth in Attachment A.

Questions regarding this Notice may be directed to the Legal Section, Market Regulation, at (240) 386-5126; or Office of General Counsel, Regulatory Policy and Oversight, at (202) 728-8071.

For technical questions regarding OATS reporting, please contact the OATS Help Desk at (800) 321-NASD. Detailed information relating to OATS may be found on NASD's OATS Web site at

1 See File No. SR-NASD-2006-052.