Senior Managers and Certification Regime

FCA extends Senior Managers and Certification Regime to 47,000 firms




The FCA has extended the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR) to approximately 47,000 firms.

This will include senior managers and certification staff in the respective firms.
 
By 9th December 2020, solo-regulated firms will need to ensure:
  • all relevant staff are trained on the conduct rules and how they apply to their roles
  • all staff in certified roles are fit and proper to perform that role and are issued with a certificate
  • they submit data to the FCA for the directory of key people working in financial services
     
Jonathan Davidson, executive director of supervision for retail and authorisations, said: “The SM&CR is an important way to ensure that individuals take personal responsibility and it is a catalyst for driving cultural transformation.”
 
Michael Ruck, financial services partner at TLT LLP (pictured above), commented: “The SM&CR represents a cultural revolution in financial services.
 
“Leadership, in particular, needs to gain a comprehensive understanding of the regulation and of what a conduct breach looks like so that staff can be properly trained, ideally in a bespoke way.”

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