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New PAF variation to PSMA/OSMA licence terms

A new Royal Mail Public Sector Licence (PSL) has been signed by BIS, Scottish Government and Royal Mail, which is a centrally funded agreement allowing public sector free use of Postcode Address File (PAF). Read the full terms on our PSMA licensing page. There will be a new variance to the PSMA and OSMA Member Licences to accommodate the change of this new agreement.

It is important to note that this new PSL is another step forward for the withdrawal of the legacy addressing products within the PSMA, which means that; ADDRESS-POINT, OS MasterMap® Address Layer, OS MasterMap Address Layer 2 and the National Land and Property Gazetteer are all due for withdrawal by 31 October 2014, as stated in the terms and conditions of the PSMA Member Licence.

Addressing solutions from Licensed Partners

If you provide an addressing solution to a PSMA member, you will need to continue to collect and return PAF licence fees to Ordnance Survey, who will return these fees to Royal Mail, until 1 April 2015. Please refer to Royal Mail's Q&As for further details of PAF fees to be payable until April 2015.

Note as a Licensed Partner you will be obliged to pass on Royal Mail terms, which are equivalent to those currently set out in Appendix 3 of the PAF fees within the Distribution Agreement or AMCAPS Licence.

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