Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations

The Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 1415) provides a framework for third parties to request re-use of documents published by public sector bodies.

In undertaking our regulatory functions and core support activities, we produce and hold quantities of 'documents', as defined under the 2015 Regulations, the supply of which fall within our 'public task'.

Re-use request

Requests for any re-use of our documents under the Regulations can be made online, by letter or by email. Your request should include as much detail as possible on what you are seeking.

Request to re-use information

You can make a request by letter to the address below:

Information Disclosure Team
The Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

Or you can contact us by e-mail at: [email protected]

Our public task statement

This statement provides a broad overview of our public task under the 2015 Regulations. This statement only applies to the definition within the 2015 Regulations and for no other purpose.

Under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (FSMA) (as amended), we are the conduct regulator for financial services firms and financial markets in the UK. We are also the prudential regulator for financial services firms not prudentially regulated by the Prudential Regulation Authority.

We took over responsibility for conduct and relevant prudential regulation from the Financial Services Authority from 1 April 2013. We consider that our public task includes our regulatory functions, principally under FSMA but also some relevant regulatory functions under other legislation. 

As set out in section 1B FSMA, our general functions are making rules, preparing and issuing codes, giving general guidance and determining the general policy and principles by reference to which we perform particular functions. In discharging our general functions, we must, so far as is reasonably possible, act in a way which is compatible with our strategic objective and advances one or more of our operational objectives.

Our strategic objective is to ensure that the relevant markets work well. These are the financial markets, the markets for regulated financial services (as defined in section 1H of FSMA), and the markets for services that are provided by persons other than authorised persons carrying on regulated activities but are provided without contravening the general prohibition (see s. 19 FSMA). In addition we have three operational objectives:

  • to secure an appropriate degree of protection for consumers
  • to protect and enhance the integrity of the UK financial system
  • to promote effective competition in the interests of consumers

We have been assigned further regulatory functions under other legislation, including, but not limited to:

  • the Insolvency Act 1986
  • the Enterprise Act 2002
  • the Electronic Commerce Directive (Financial Services and Markets) Regulations 2002
  • the Regulated Covered Bonds Regulations 2008
  • the Payment Services Regulations 2009
  • the Banking Act 2009
  • the Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009
  • the Electronic Money Regulations 2011
  • the Financial Services Act 2012
  • the Financial Services Act 2012 (Consumer Credit) Order 2013
  • the Alternative Investment Fund Managers Regulations 2013
  • the Capital Requirements Regulations 2013
  • the Mortgage Credit Directive Order 2015
  • the Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Transfer of Funds (Information on the Payer) Regulations 2017

The documents relevant to our public task are available in the publications section of our website. This acts as our Information Asset Register and also our publication scheme. We also provide an explanation of the specific categories for the documents we publish.

Subject to the terms of our copyright notice and disclaimer, documents we create, hold and use as part of our public task are available for re-use unless they are excluded by virtue of the exemptions in the 2015 Regulations.

Exclusions

The 2015 Regulations do not apply to all documents published by us, in particular they do not apply to computer programs or to documents held by us where a third party owns copyright or other intellectual property rights in the document.  

In addition, other documents not available for re-use include those where access is excluded under information access legislation. Reasons for this include protecting personal data or where other legislation prohibits disclosure of some types of document, such as FSMA.

Parts of documents containing only logos, crests or insignia are also excluded from the 2015 Regulations. Our logo is a registered trademark and also subject to copyright. Use or reproduction of our logo without our prior written consent is not permitted, regardless of whether the use or reproduction is by a regulated firm or some other person. We may take legal action to enforce our rights in relation to unauthorised use of our logo. 

Documents which fall outside of our public task are not subject to the 2015 Regulations. These include (but are not limited to) photographs, documents relating to the maintenance of our website or policies relating to our staff or recruitment, etc.

Charges

Once you have requested to re-use or re-produce documents for commercial purposes, we will advise you of any charges that are applicable. We will also tell you how we calculated the charge and the process for payment.

We will also explain any licencing terms and conditions applying to the re-use of the documents. Further details of our charges are available in our charges statement.

If you want to reproduce the FCA Handbook, you will need to apply for a licence agreement and may have to pay a fee. Please contact [email protected] for more information.

If you want to re-use extracts from the Financial Services Register, including the Regulated Covered Bonds, the Mutuals Register or the Consumer Credit Interim Permissions Register you will need to apply for a licence and a fee may apply.

Please contact [email protected] for more information about the Financial Services Register. Information about the Mutuals Register can be obtained from [email protected].

Who do I contact if I have a complaint?

If you have a complaint about how your request has been handled – or wish to seek a review of the decision made in relation to your request – please write, setting out your reasons, to:

Information Disclosure Team
The Financial Conduct Authority
25 The North Colonnade
Canary Wharf
London
E14 5HS

Or you can contact us by e-mail at: [email protected]

If the outcome of the review is that the original decision is upheld you will be notified in writing of the basis for our decision. We will also advise you of your right to appeal further to the Information Commissioner.