On March 24, 2015, the International Organization of Securities Commissions published its revised Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies as part of a report on the issue. IOSCO consulted in 2012 on revisions to the Code to take into account the number of credit rating agencies that have become subject to supervision by national or regional authorities since the recent financial crisis. The updated Code (i) aims to enhance provisions on protecting the integrity of the credit rating process, managing conflicts of interest, providing transparency and safeguarding non-public information; (ii) adds measures on governance, training and risk management; and (iii) adds new definitions for key terms and revising existing definitions and terminology. The revised Code of Conduct Fundamentals for Credit Rating Agencies is intended to synchronize with the national and regional frameworks for supervision and oversight of credit rating agencies whilst remaining the international standard for credit rating agency self-governance.
The revised Code is available at: https://www.iosco.org/library/pubdocs/pdf/IOSCOPD482.pdf.