We publish a wide range of publications: consultations, policy papers, decision-making documents, research and other useful information. Find out more about our available content.
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Policy and guidance
In our Consultation Papers (CPs) we consult on proposed changes to the FCA Handbook rules. We outline our proposals, ask questions and invite responses from our varied audiences, including the financial services industry and consumer organisations. CPs contain draft Handbook rules.
Discussion Papers (DPs) focus on a particular topic or area of interest. The main aim of a DP is to create a conversation or debate the issue.
Calls for Input
A Call for Input gives interested parties an opportunity to identify areas within a sector which could be improved in the interests of consumers, or highlight areas where competition is working well.
A Policy Statement (PS) follows a CP once the consultation period is over and we have considered the responses.
In a PS we publish our response to the answers we received to the original CP questions and set out our rules. The PS contains the final legal instrument (FCA Handbook rules).
Finalised Guidance sets out the feedback to the guidance consultation and the final guidance.
In Guidance Consultations we consult with firms on proposed non-Handbook guidance.
A Feedback Statement provides an overview of the key messages from a DP or a Call for Input.
Annual Report and Accounts
Our Annual Report and Accounts shows how we have performed against our objectives in the last year.
Our Business Plan sets out our priorities for the coming year, as well as our Risk Outlook which covers actual and emerging risks that affect financial services more widely.
We publish impact assessments as required under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015. These look at changes we make that impose a requirement, set standards, or give or amend guidance for businesses. The impact assessments are verified by the Regulatory Policy Committee.
The Handbook contains the complete record of FCA Legal Instruments and presents changes made in a single, consolidated view. We also publish a number of regular documents which detail changes to the Handbook.
Quarterly Consultation Papers
Every 3 months, we consult on miscellaneous minor/low profile changes to the Handbook in the Quarterly Consultation Paper (QCP).
Published monthly (the day after our Board meets). The Handbook Notice provides an overview of instruments the FCA Board has made, summarising the changes and giving feedback on the QCP.
Policy Development Updates
We publish the Policy Development Update (PDU) a week after our Board meets. It gives an update on policy documents we have published since the last PDU and an overview of forthcoming publications.
Final Notices and Decision Notices
Publicly issued statements of our regulatory action against an individual or company.
Research and data
Market Studies are our main tool for examining competition issues in financial markets. As part of a market study, we publish interim findings and final findings. We may also publish supplementary documents such as supporting research reports, related Occasional Papers and Discussion Papers. Find out more about how we conduct market studies.
Thematic Reviews assess a current or emerging risk relating to an issue or product across a number of firms within a sector or market. They can be focused on both discovering what is going on and our suggestions for how the issue is tackled. We may also follow up thematic work with other reviews.
Multi-firm reviews look at a particular risk or knowledge gap in a specific set of firms and are a key element of proactive supervision for portfolio firms. They do not seek to mitigate a risk across an entire market, but the findings may be communicated to the entire marketplace and used to drive improved behaviours. Multi-firm work is usually carried out over a shorter period of time than thematic work and can result in rule changes, if that is considered to be appropriate.
Occasional Papers and Research Notes
We are committed to encouraging debate on all aspects of financial regulation and to creating rigorous evidence to support our decision-making. As part of this, we publish a series of Occasional Papers and Research Notes, extending across economics and other disciplines.
While they may not necessarily represent the position of the FCA, they are one source of evidence that we may use.
Lenders must include a copy of the relevant information sheet when they send a consumer a notice that they are in arrears or default.
News and publications email alerts
Daily and weekly email alerts keep subscribers up to date on press releases, speeches and statements and the above publications.
RSS feed for news and warnings
Our Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feed keeps followers notified of latest news and warnings about unauthorised firms and individuals.
On 1 April 2013, the FCA – and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) – replaced the Financial Services Authority (FSA). Our website includes an archive of some FSA and older publications.
All FSA publications and full FSA website are on the National Archives FSA archive.