Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit (AMU) has launched the Postcode Address File (PAF®) Compliance Centre (www.pafcompliancecentre.com).
It has been designed to educate PAF licence Solutions Providers on how they can maximise value from their PAF licence and promote correct and consistent licensing. The main feature of the PAF Compliance Centre is the Compliance Engine which provides a straightforward and engaging way to learn about the PAF licence.
The Compliance Engine breaks down licensing terms and definitions into a set of four easy to understand modules: ‘Getting Started’, ‘Learn’, ‘Apply’ and ‘Test Yourself’. The modules provide visuals aids, guidance notes and practical customer scenarios, before providing the opportunity in the final module for users to test themselves to see what they have learnt.
Steve Rooney, Head of Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit, commented: “We created the PAF Compliance Centre because we wanted to give licensed PAF Solutions Providers the confidence that they are licensing their end-users correctly and consistently, while at the same time communicating how they can maximise value from the PAF licence. This website puts into plain English the different end-user licensing options and is designed to act as a training resource so users are effectively educated in how the licence can be used. “The content on the Compliance Centre will continue to evolve and support continuous learning with new licensing scenarios added on a regular basis.”
The PAF Compliance Centre is the latest website innovation from Royal Mail’s Address Management Unit who last year launched the PAF Supplier Directory – www.poweredbypaf.com – to help connect buyers and sellers of PAF-based solutions.
PAF contains records of almost 29 million addresses and 1.8 million postcodes. One hundred thousand PAF records are updated each month to keep PAF complete and up to date. It is an invaluable tool for creating and maintaining mailing lists and databases, used to improve deliveries and to reduce the number of returned or undelivered items.