7 USC 7a2 - Common provisions applicable to registered entities

(a) Acceptable business practices under core principles 

(1) In general 
Consistent with the purposes of this chapter, the Commission may issue interpretations, or approve interpretations submitted to the Commission, of sections 7 (d), 7a (d), and 7a–1 (c)(2) of this title, and section 2 (h)(7) of this title with respect to significant price discovery contracts, to describe what would constitute an acceptable business practice under such sections.
(2) Effect of interpretation 
An interpretation issued under paragraph (1) shall not provide the exclusive means for complying with such sections.
(b) Delegation of functions under core principles 


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(1) In general 
A contract market, derivatives transaction execution facility, or electronic trading facility with respect to a significant price discovery contract may comply with any applicable core principle through delegation of any relevant function to a registered futures association or a registered entity that is not an electronic trading facility.
(2) Responsibility 
A contract market, derivatives transaction execution facility, or electronic trading facility that delegates a function under paragraph (1) shall remain responsible for carrying out the function.
(3) Noncompliance 
If a contract market, derivatives transaction execution facility, or electronic trading facility that delegates a function under paragraph (1) becomes aware that a delegated function is not being performed as required under this chapter, the contract market, derivatives transaction execution facility, or electronic trading facility shall promptly take steps to address the noncompliance.
(c) New contracts, new rules, and rule amendments 

(1) In general 
Subject to paragraph (2), a registered entity may elect to list for trading or accept for clearing any new contract or other instrument, or may elect to approve and implement any new rule or rule amendment, by providing to the Commission (and the Secretary of the Treasury, in the case of a contract of sale of a government security for future delivery (or option on such a contract) or a rule or rule amendment specifically related to such a contract) a written certification that the new contract or instrument or clearing of the new contract or instrument, new rule, or rule amendment complies with this chapter (including regulations under this chapter).
(2) Prior approval 

(A) In general 
A registered entity may request that the Commission grant prior approval to any new contract or other instrument, new rule, or rule amendment.
(B) Prior approval required 
Notwithstanding any other provision of this section, a designated contract market shall submit to the Commission for prior approval each rule amendment that materially changes the terms and conditions, as determined by the Commission, in any contract of sale for future delivery of a commodity specifically enumerated in section 1a (4) of this title (or any option thereon) traded through its facilities if the rule amendment applies to contracts and delivery months which have already been listed for trading and have open interest.
(C) Deadline 
If prior approval is requested under subparagraph (A), the Commission shall take final action on the request not later than 90 days after submission of the request, unless the person submitting the request agrees to an extension of the time limitation established under this subparagraph.
(3) Approval 
The Commission shall approve any such new contract or instrument, new rule, or rule amendment unless the Commission finds that the new contract or instrument, new rule, or rule amendment would violate this chapter.

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(d) Violation of core principles 

(1) In general 
If the Commission determines, on the basis of substantial evidence, that a registered entity is violating any applicable core principle specified in section 7 (d), 7a (d), or 7a–1 (c)(2) or 2 (h)(7)(C) of this title with respect to a significant price discovery contract traded or executed on an electronic trading facility,,[1] the Commission shall
(A) notify the registered entity in writing of the determination; and
(B) afford the registered entity an opportunity to make appropriate changes to bring the registered entity into compliance with the core principles.
(2) Failure to make changes 
If, not later than 30 days after receiving a notification under paragraph (1), a registered entity fails to make changes that, in the opinion of the Commission, are necessary to comply with the core principles, the Commission may take further action in accordance with this chapter.
(e) Reservation of emergency authority 
Nothing in this section shall limit or in any way affect the emergency powers of the Commission provided in section 12a (9) of this title.
(f) Rules to avoid duplicative regulation of dual registrants 
Consistent with this chapter, each designated contract market and registered derivatives transaction execution facility shall issue such rules as are necessary to avoid duplicative or conflicting rules applicable to any futures commission merchant registered with the Commission pursuant to section 6f (a) of this title (except paragraph (2) thereof), that is also registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission pursuant to section 78o (b) of title 15 (except paragraph (11) thereof) with respect to the application of
(1) rules of such designated contract market or registered derivatives transaction execution facility of the type specified in section 6d (c) of this title involving security futures products; and
(2) similar rules of national securities associations registered pursuant to section 78o–3 (a) of title 15 and national securities exchanges registered pursuant to section 78f (g) of title 15 involving security futures products.
[1] So in original.