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GEN 4.2 Purpose

GEN 4.2.1GRP

This chapter requires the provision of appropriate minimum information about the identity of the regulator that authorised a firm. It also governs the way in which a firm may describe its regulation by the appropriate regulator.168

GEN 4.2.1AG



16This chapter builds upon Principle 7 (Communications with clients), which requires a firm to pay due regard to the information needs of its clients. This assists in the achievement of the statutory objectives, including the FCA's strategic objective of ensuring that relevant markets function well and the consumer protection and integrity objectives.

GEN 4.2.2GRP

There are other pre-contract information requirements outside this chapter, including:

  1. (1)

    for financial promotions, inthe financial promotion rules;5

  2. (2)

    for designated investment business, inCOBS 8 (Client agreements), COBS 5 (Distance Communications), COBS 6 (Information about the firm, its services and remuneration), COBS 13 and 14 (which relate to product information)5 and CASS (Client assets);

  3. (3)

    for non-investment insurance contracts3, distance communication requirements in ICOBS 3, initial disclosure requirements in ICOBS 4, disclosures relating to client needs and advice in ICOBS 5 and product information requirements in ICOBS 6;

  4. (4)

    for electronic commerce activities carried on from an establishment in the United Kingdom, in COBS 5.2, ICOBS 3.2 7and MCOB 2.8;6 1

  5. (5)

    for regulated mortgage contracts and home purchase plans, initial disclosure requirements 4in MCOB 44, pre-application disclosure requirements in MCOB 5,4 and disclosure at the offer stage in MCOB 64;4 12

  6. (6)

    for equity release transactions, initial disclosure requirements in MCOB 8.4, pre-application disclosure requirements in MCOB 9.4 and disclosure at the offer stage in MCOB 9.5;4 and

  7. (7)

    for regulated sale and rent back agreements, initial disclosure requirements in MCOB 4.11, pre-sale disclosure requirements in MCOB 5.9 and disclosure at the offer stage requirements in MCOB 6.9.