Policy development update

The policy development update provides some information on our recent and upcoming publications but should not be regarded as comprehensive. We usually update this page on the first Friday of each month – this version is current as of 4 December 2020.

Publications issued

The following publications were issued recently:

Upcoming publications

For an explanation of the modules see our Handbook Reader's Guide and for an overview of the Handbook see the structure diagram. While we aim to ensure it is accurate, the entries are not comprehensive and dates do not represent firm commitments by us. 

Some items in quarterly consultation papers may have a shorter or longer consultation period than the consultation period stated in this update.

Future publications

Intended audience


Expected date

Consultation period

Expected feedback date

CP on amendments to accommodate Breathing Space Regulations
  • Consumer credit firms
  • Mortgage firms
  • Firms with debt counselling permissions
Q4 2020 2 months January 2021
CP on exit fees in investment platforms and comparable firms
  • Investment platforms and ‘comparable firms’ – to be defined in the CP, and may include:
  • asset and wealth managers,
  • personal pension operators
  • fund managers, life insurers and other product providers, where they offer consumers direct access to their products
COBS 2021 3 months  2021
Open-ended Investment Companies -Proposals to facilitate standard listing – PS to CP20/5
  • Investors, including retail investors, who own shares in listed OEICs or are considering such an investment
  • OEICs that already have a premium listing of their shares or are considering applying to the FCA for a listing
  • OEICs that currently have a standard listing of their shares under LR chapter 14 (under historic transitional provisions in LR) that may wish to consider moving to the revised standard listing segment for OEICs in LR chapter 16
  • Fund managers of OEICs
  • Advisors to the above, including FCA-approved sponsor firms
LR Q4 2020 N/A N/A
Single Easy Access Rate – PS or FS to CP 20/1
  • Providers of cash savings products, intermediaries such as financial advisors, consumer organisations and consumers
BCOBS 2021 N/A N/A

Quarterly Consultation Papers




Expected date of feedback*

CP20/18: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 29 (September 2020) 2. Consequential changes to the Listing Rules (Chapter 8) to align with provisions for ‘exempted documents’ under the Prospectus Regulation LR TBC
CP20/18: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 29 (September 2020) 3. Proposal to amend the open banking identification requirements (eIDAS certificate) Non-Handbook: UK-RTS (Article 34) TBC
CP20/18: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 29 (September 2020) 4. Proposals to reflect further onshoring changes over the transition period for EU withdrawal SYSC, COCON, APER, FIT, SUP, COLL, PERG, FEES, PROD, COBS TBC
CP20/7: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 28 (June 2020) 4. Changes to the Sourcebook for professional body anti-money laundering supervisors – criminality checks Non-Handbook: OPBAS Sourcebook TBC
CP20/4: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 27 (March 2020) 8. Amendments to MiFID II relating to the tick size regime MAR, REC TBC
CP19/33: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 26 (December 2019) 2: Claims against appointed representatives and principals COMP TBC
CP19/27: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 25 (September 2019) 8: Lending Standards Board - FCA code recognition N/A TBC
CP19/19: Quarterly Consultation Paper No 24 (June 2019) 2: Gibraltar-based firms – fees and levies FEES TBC
CP18/24 Quarterly Consultation No. 22 (September 2018) 3: Changes to supervisory principles SUP TBC
CP16/21 Quarterly Consultation No. 14 (September 2016) 6: Mutuals' deferred shares GLOSS, COBS TBC

* Feedback to QCP consultations will publish in the Handbook Notice.

Other publications

Major policy initiatives may have their own dedicated sections on our website and their progress will not be recorded here. Check under the firms and markets sections of this site.

Consumer publications

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