NFA guidance on annual affirmation requirement. The National Futures Association published guidance on the annual affirmation requirement for those entities that are currently operating under an exemption or exclusion from CPO or CTA registration. The CFTC requires any person that claims an exemption or exclusion from CPO or CTA registration under CFTC rules to annually affirm the applicable notice of exemption or exclusion within 60 days of the calendar year end, which is March 3, 2014, for this affirmation cycle. Failure to affirm the exemptions or exclusions by March 3, 2014, will be deemed as a request to withdraw the exemption or exclusion and therefore, result in the automatic withdrawal of the exemption or exclusion on March 3, 2014. (12/5/2013) NFA Notice I-13-38.