On December 18, 2015, a Commission Implementing Directive on the procedures and requirements for protection of individuals that report an actual or potential infringement of the Market Abuse Regulation to a national regulator was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. The Implementing Directive sets out the procedures for reporting, record-keeping requirements, measures for the protection of whistle blowers that are working under a contract of employment and arrangements for the protection of personal data of whistle blowers. Member States must transpose the requirements of the Implementing Directive into their national laws by July 3, 2016 and apply the new legislation from that date. The Market Abuse Regulation sets out the EU requirements on insider dealing, the unlawful disclosure of inside information and market manipulation and will apply directly across the EU from July 3, 2016.

The Implementing Directive is available at: http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legalcontent/EN/ALL/?uri=uriserv:OJ.L_.2015.332.01.0126.01.ENG.