PS15/29: Strengthening accountability in banking: Final amendments to the Decision Procedure and Penalties Manual and the Enforcement Guide

Published: 09/12/2015     Last Modified: Yesterday

In this policy statement, we set out our amendments to the Decision Procedure and Penalties Manual (DEPP) and the Enforcement Guide (EG), to give guidance on how we will enforce the new accountability regime (including the Senior Managers Regime and the Certification Regime), and use the new powers created by the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (the Banking Reform Act).

Why are we issuing this policy statement?

In CP14/13 in July 2014, we consulted on, amongst other things, guidance on how we would bring enforcement action against individuals under the new accountability regime, including under the Conduct Rules. This paper sets out our feedback to the responses on our proposed amendments to DEPP and EG set out in CP14/13, and our final amendments to DEPP and EG. We and the PRA published final rules relating to the new accountability regime in CP15/22.

This paper also explains that we will enforce the Conduct Rules proportionately. When considering whether to take enforcement action against an individual, we will take account of their position and responsibilities. When enforcing the Conduct Rules, we will follow our deterrence-based strategy: we will take effective and robust enforcement action across a wide range of firms and individuals, so that people believe that they will be held to account where they are at fault and subject to meaningful sanctions.

PS15/29: Strengthening accountability in banking: Final amendments (including feedback on CP14/13) to the Decision Procedure and Penalties Manual and the Enforcement Guide [PDF]

Who is this policy statement aimed at?

This policy statement will be relevant to:

  • UK banks, building societies, credit unions 
  • PRA designated investment firms
  • incoming branches of overseas firms

The new regime will affect a large number of individuals at these firms. It may also be of interest to Solvency II firms and Non-Directive firms. Staff at these firms approved by us or the PRA will be subject to the Conduct Rules.

What are the next steps?

The guidance in DEPP and EG will apply from 7 March 2016.

Senior Managers will be subject to the criminal offence relating to a decision that causes a financial institution to fail for conduct that takes place on or after 7 March 2016.

Individuals subject to either the Senior Managers Regime or the Certification Regime will be subject to the Conduct Rules from 7 March 2016. The Conduct Rules will apply to other staff at relevant firms from 7 March 2017. Firms will need to make sure that their staff are aware of and understand the Conduct Rules before they come into force.

The Approved Persons Regime for Solvency II firms and Non-Directive firms will apply from 7 March 2016.

Want to find out more?

  • CP15/22, which sets out the FCA’s final rules under the new accountability framework for UK banks
  • CP15/10 feedback statement, which sets out the FCA’s near-final rules under the new accountability framework for UK branches of foreign banks
  • Supervisory Statement SS28/15, which sets out the PRA’s approach to strengthening individual accountability in banking
  • PS15/21, which sets out the FCA’s final rules in relation to the Approved Persons Regime for Solvency II firms
  • CP15/25, which sets out the FCA’s proposed rules in relation to the Approved Persons Regime for Non-Directive firms
  • FCA Accountability pages
  • PRA Accountability page

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