On March 2, 2016, the FCA published a consultation paper on proposed changes to the FCA Handbook following the implementation of the EU Payment Accounts Regulation. The consultation is aimed at entities that provide payment account services in the UK, such as banks and building societies. The EU Payments Directive was implemented in the UK through the UK Payment Accounts Regulations which come into effect on September 18, 2016. The FCA is obliged, under the PAR, to submit data to HM Treasury relating to payment accounts. The consultation outlines the draft changes that the FCA has proposed to enable it to carry out its obligations under the PAR. Proposals include: (i) issuance of guidance on the definition of a ‘payment account’ within the context of PAR; (ii) issuance of guidance on the implementation of the provisions on packaged accounts; (iii) the introduction of new regulatory requirements in relation to switching and payment accounts with basic features; and (iv) minor changes to the FCA Handbook to reflect the new PAR provisions regarding packaged accounts and switching of payment accounts. Responses to the consultation are due by May 3, 2016. The FCA aims to publish final guidance and changes to the FCA Handbook by the end of August 2016.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/fca/article-type/consultation%20paper/cp16-07.pdf and the response form is available at: https://www.the-fca.org.uk/cp167-responseform?field_fcasf_sector=unset&field_fcasf_page_category=unset