List of industry guidance

Links to industry provider's guidance notes on their respective websites.

Our confirmation wording

We have reviewed this industry guidance and can confirm that we will take it into account when exercising our regulatory functions. This guidance is not mandatory and is not FCA guidance. Our view does not affect the rights of third parties.

The practical effect of FCA confirmation for firms' compliance

As now, a firm's defence against us is in essence the same whether they follow FCA guidance or FCA confirmed Industry Guidance – our rules say:

"The FCA will not take action against a person for behaviour that it considers to be in line with guidance, other materials published by the FCA in support of the Handbook or FCA-confirmed Industry Guidance, which were current at the time of the behaviour in question. (DEPP 6.2.1(4)G)."

Similarly, as Industry Guidance is not mandatory (and is one way, but not the only way, to comply with requirements), we do not presume that because firms are not complying with it they are not meeting our requirements.

However, where a breach has been established, Industry Guidance is potentially relevant to an enforcement case. The ways in which we may seek to use Industry Guidance in an enforcement context are similar to those in which we may use FCA Guidance or supporting materials. As set out in Chapter 2 of the new Enforcement Guide, these include:

  1. Help to assess whether it could reasonably have been understood or predicted at the time that the conduct in question fell below the standards required by the Principles.
  2. Explain the regulatory context.
  3. Inform a view of the overall seriousness of the breaches e.g. we could decide that the breach warranted a higher penalty in circumstances where the FCA had written to chief executives in that sector to reiterate the importance of ensuring a particular aspect of its business complied with relevant regulatory standards.
  4. Inform the consideration of a firm's defence that we were judging the firm on the basis of retrospective standards.
  5. Be considered as part of expert or supervisory statements in relation to the relevant standards at the time.
  6. However, we are conscious that our use of Industry Guidance in this context should not create a second tier of regulation and that guidance providers are not quasi-regulators. We will take the specific status of FCA confirmation into account when we make judgements about the relevance of Industry Guidance in enforcement cases.

Questions on individual pieces of guidance

Should you have a question on a particular piece of Industry Guidance, please contact the guidance provider directly. The Guidance Provider for each piece can be established by clicking on the relevant piece of guidance.

The following table lists Industry Guidance that has received FCA Confirmation.

 

Guidance title

Expiry date

Radiocentre's Guidance on ensuring financial promotions for motors brands on radio are clear, fair and not misleading

13 January 2023

BBA/BSA/Payments Council Guidance on the Banking Conduct of Business sourcebook

31 December 2016

MiFID Connect Outsourcing

16 May 2010

MiFID Connect Suitability and Appropriateness (PDF)

10 August 2010

MiFID Connect Investment Research (PDF)

20 August 2010

AIC guidance on investment policies (PDF)

16 July 2011

Transparency, disclosure and conflicts of interest in the commercial insurance market

23 March 2015

IA guidance on electronic instructions (previously paperless renunciation in authorised funds) (PDF)

4 January 2021

IBA's LIBOR code of conduct (PDF)

15 July 2016