PS19/20: Optimising the Senior Managers & Certification Regime and feedback to CP19/4

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Policy Statement

The Senior Managers & Certification Regime (SM&CR) was introduced for banking firms in 2016 and insurers in December 2018. It will apply to solo-regulated firms from December 2019.

Read PS19/20 (PDF)

We made near-final rules on the SM&CR in July 2018 and final rules for insurers in September 2018. We identified a few areas where we need to make changes and consulted on this in CP19/4 in January 2019.

These changes are set out in this Policy Statement and are intended to provide extra clarity in some areas and help firms adjust to the SM&CR.

This Policy Statement makes final our rules on extending the SM&CR to FCA solo-regulated firms, including claims management companies (CMCs). It also makes final rules on a new Directory of individuals working in financial services.

Who this applies to

  • Banking firms, Solvency II and large non-directive (NDF) insurers, and enhanced solo-regulated firms.
  • Incoming branches of overseas relevant firms as well as other groups – particularly legal professional bodies.

It may also be of interest to other FSMA-authorised firms that the SM&CR will be extended to, and consumers interested in how the SM&CR operates within relevant firms to enhance individual accountability.

Next steps

Firms, including authorised CMCs, affected by these changes will move to the new regime on 9 December 2019. Handbook references in this Policy Statement refer to the rules set out in the accompanying Instrument.

For CMCs still operating on a temporary permission on 9 December 2019, the rules will apply from the date the firm is fully authorised. The approach to these firms is set out in PS19/9 and in the final rules in the Instrument that accompanies this PS.