Skilled person reviews

Find out more about skilled person reviews, the Skilled Person Panel, and the number of reviews we commission.

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act, as amended by the 2012 Act, we have the power to obtain a view from a third party (a ‘skilled person’) about aspects of a regulated firm's activities if we are concerned or want further analysis.

We can commission two types of skilled person review:

  • s166 reports by skilled persons
  • s166A appointment of skilled person to collect and update information.

There are two possible approaches to appointing the skilled person firm. For each review we decide which approach is the most appropriate:

  • The regulated firm puts forward its preferred choice of skilled person firm for our approval. Once approved, the firm contracts with the skilled person firm.
  • We contract directly with a skilled person firm. If we contract directly and appoint the skilled person firm, there will be an appropriate level of dialogue with the regulated firm during the appointment process and the review itself. We will conduct a tender process, where appropriate, to identify the most suitable skilled person firm, assessing technical capabilities, resources available, conflicts of interest and commercial aspects. Our rules enable us to require the regulated firm to pay the costs of such skilled person reviews as a fee.

More information about the s166 process can be found in SUP 5 of the Handbook:

  • SUP 5.3 for an overview of the FCA’s policy on the use of skilled persons.
  • SUP 5.4 provides details about scoping a review; the appointment process; and reporting.
  • SUP 5.5 outlines a Firm’s duties during a review.

Skilled Person Panel

We have developed a Skilled Person Panel, that is used for directly commissioned s166 reviews. This enables the FCA to contract with the skilled person firm, in line with the Public Contracts Regulations 2015. The panel is divided into 12 subject categories known as 'lots' and is effective until 31 march 2026.

When a regulated firm (rather than the FCA) contracts with the skilled person firm it may consider sourcing a supplier listed on the Skilled Person Panel; however, this is not a requirement and the Firm may nominate any suitable supplier to the FCA for consideration and approval. The regulated firm is responsible for assessing the individual appropriateness of a skilled person firm for its particular requirements and should consider the guidance in SUP 5.4 of the Handbook when appointing them.

Please see the 12 associated Lot Descriptions.

Number of reports commissioned

Quarterly information

For the current financial year, we publish information once a quarter on how often we commission skilled person reviews:


FCA Q4 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned (PDF)

FCA Q3 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned (PDF)

FCA Q2 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned (PDF)

FCA Q1 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned (PDF)

Historic use

Information about skilled person reviews commissioned over each financial year is published in our Annual Reports.

Page updates

20/07/2022: Editorial amendment Updates to page features for website refresh.
06/04/2022: Document added FCA Q4 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned
05/07/2021: Document added FCA Q1 2021/22 Number of skilled person reports commissioned