From 1 December 2012 the Regulations and Standards of Fitness and Probity will apply to all staff in existing Controlled Function (“CFs”) positions.

Under the Central Bank Reform Act 2010, the Central Bank was provided with a range of powers regarding fitness and probity in respect of persons in certain positions within the financial services sector.  This empowered the bank to set statutory standards of fitness and probity across the financial services sector, approve or veto the appointment of people to certain positions, and investigate, remove or prohibit certain provision holders.

The Regulations and Standards of Fitness and Probity (“the Standards”), issued pursuant to the 2010 Act, prescribe 11 roles in financial institutions as Controlled Functions (“CFs”) and 42 roles as Pre-Approval Controlled Functions (“PCFs”).  The Standards require that individuals in these roles meet with the Central Bank’s Minimum Competency Requirements in terms of qualifications, experience and competence. Honest and ethical conduct, and financial soundness must also be demonstrated by these individuals. Non-compliance with the Standards can lead to prohibition and suspension notices for the individuals concerned.

The Regulations came into operation on 1 December 2011 and the Standards have been applied on a phased basis, initially to all persons occupying PCF roles. On 1 March 2012, the Standards were applied to persons newly appointed to CF.  1 December 2012 is the final phase, whereby the Standards will apply to all persons occupying CF roles.

HR practitioners and compliance departments should ensure that identification and due diligence in respect of employees on the PCF and CF registers are up to date, particularly where there has been significant turnover or internal movement in the financial institution.

Further reading on the Fitness and Probity regime is available here:

Fitness and Probity in Financial Services

New Fitness and Probity regime