On July 7, 2015, the PRA and Financial Conduct Authority published further Policy Statements, including feedback to proposals and final rules for the Senior Manager and Certification Regime which comes into effect next year. The PRA and FCA have now issued final rules on all aspects of the regime except for: (i) rules on regulatory references (the PRA will consider the recommendations made by the Fair and Effective Markets Review before making final rules before March next year); (ii) rules applicable to UK branches of non-EEA firms; and (iii) rules applicable to UK branches of EEA firms for which final legislation is required before the rules can be made. The FCA is also consulting on the extension of the certification regime to individuals involved in wholesale activity, responses to which are due by September 6, 2015. The regulators also intend to provide final guidelines on enforcement matters and senior management responsibility regarding whistleblowing. The Senior Manager and Certification Regime is due to come into effect from March 7, 2016.

The PRA’s Policy Statement is available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/ps/2015/ps1615.pdf and the FCA’s Final Rules and Consultation Paper is available at: http://www.fca.org.uk/static/documents/consultation-papers/cp15-22.pdf. The PRA simultaneously published a Supervisory Statement, available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/ss/2015/ss2815.pdf and a Statement of Policy, available at: http://www.bankofengland.co.uk/pra/Documents/publications/sop/2015/conditions.pdf