Notice to Members 01-65

NASD Seeks Comment on Proposed Rules and Policies Relating to Expungement of Information from the Central Registration Depository

Comment Period Expired December 31, 2001

The National Association of Securities Dealers, Inc. (NASD® ) requests comment on the establishment of certain criteria that must be met, and procedures that must be followed, before NASD Regulation would expunge certain information from the Central Registration Depository (CRD ®) system pursuant to an expungement order. By way of background, information generally is expunged from the CRD system pursuant to a specific statutory requirement or a court order. While this practice is appropriate in most cases, NASD Regulation believes that refinements to this policy are necessary to address the expungement of customer dispute information (e.g., customer complaints or arbitration claims). With respect to customer dispute information, NASD Regulation believes that additional safeguards and procedures in the expungement process are necessary to ensure that investor protection interests are served before the extraordinary relief of expungement is granted.

Questions concerning this NASD Notice to Members—Request For Comment may be directed to Richard E. Pullano, Chief Counsel, CRD/Public Disclosure, NASD Regulation, at (240) 386-4821; or to Shirley H. Weiss, Office of General Counsel, NASD Regulation, at (202) 728-8844