On September 18, 2015, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission’s Division of Clearing and Risk released an interpretation clarifying the consistency of the CFTC’s Part 39 regulations pertinent to certain derivatives clearing organizations with the CPMI-IOSCO Principles for Financial Market Infrastructures. The clarification relates to certain risk management standards which, among other things, address risks associated with the following: exchange-of-value settlement services; link arrangements of DCOs; the requirement to use central bank services, where available and practicable; and requirements regarding the due diligence conducted with respect to custodian banks.

In the guidance, the CFTC interprets the relevant Part 39 regulations, which apply to systemically important DCOs and those DCOs that have opted into an enhanced regulatory framework (known as Subpart C DCOs), to incorporate all of the standards set forth in the PFMIs.

The CFTC staff interpretation is available at: http://www.cftc.gov/ucm/groups/public/@lrlettergeneral/documents/letter/15-50.pdf