The policy statement you cite is for new authority records. With a new authority record, if you know the dates for the person, you should include them in all the access points, both authorized and variant.
The part of the policy statement that deals with existing authority records only applies to the authorized access point. We don’t add dates to authorized access points that don’t already have them simply to add the dates, unless there is some other reason we are changing the authorized access point.
The policy statement says nothing at all about variant access points in existing authority records. Also, there is no NACO policy (as there was before RDA) about having to “match” the variant access point treatment to the authorized access point treatment. So it is perfectly fine to add birth and/or death dates to variant access points in existing authority records, even if the authorized access point doesn’t have them. I do this myself routinely, both when I add a new variant access point, and when I adjust an existing variant access point to add dates.
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When adding a variant access point to an existing authority record [updating a NAR to RDA and have encountered a variant name for a person, and note that there's no conflict ]
Instructions for VAPs at 188.8.131.52 state:
"Include additional elements if considered important for identification. Apply the instructions at 184.108.40.206–220.127.116.11, as applicable."
Which of course leads me to 18.104.22.168 and its LC-PCC-PS which states
"LC practice/PCC practice for Optional addition: Add a date of birth and/or date of death to new authority records, even if not needed to distinguish between access points." [emph mine]
Thus am I to conclude that because this is not a new authority record, but a new access point in an existing authority record. I am free to not add the date to the VAP? [I will be adding date as per my cat judge of the optional addition] I'm just curious if my reading is correct.