On October 19, 2015, the Prudential Regulation Authority launched a consultation on its proposed criteria and methodology for identifying Other Systemically Important Institutions, i.e. institutions that are not classed as globally systematically important financial institutions but whose failure would have a significant negative effect on the UK financial system. According to the Capital Requirements Directive, national regulators are required to identify O-SIIs that are banks, investment firms or mixed financial holding companies incorporated in their jurisdiction. That requirement derives from the Basel Committee on Banking Standards framework for domestic systemically important banks or D-SIBs. In developing its proposals, the PRA states that it has to take into account the relevant EBA Guidelines on the assessment of O-SIIs. The PRA must identify as O-SIIs those firms whose distress or failure would have a systemic impact on the UK or EU economy or financial system due to size, importance, complexity, cross-border activity and interconnectedness. Firms that are designated as O-SIIs by the PRA will be subject to enhanced supervision by the PRA. However, the PRA considers that O-SIIs are likely to be those firms that are currently subject to PRA supervision as a Category 1 firm and therefore there will be minimal impact on the firms. The PRA intends to publish the first list of O-SIIs in Q1 2016 and thereafter annually by December 1, each year. The consultation is open until January 18, 2016. The PRA will publish its final Statement of Policy in Q1 2016.

The consultation paper is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/cp/2015/cp3915.pdf.