The FCA significant-influence functions, which are specified in SUP 10A.4.1 R, comprise the FCA governing functions (SUP 10A.6), the FCA required functions (SUP 10A.7), the systems and controls function (SUP 10A.8) and the significant management function (SUP 10A.9). SUP 10A.5 applies to each of the FCA significant-influence functions.
Section 59(7B) of the Act says that a significant-influence function, in relation to the carrying on of a regulated activity by a firm, means a function that is likely to enable the person responsible for its performance to exercise a significant influence on the conduct of the firm's affairs, so far as relating to the activity.
the appointment is to provide cover for an approved person whose absence is:
the appointment is for less than 12 weeks in a consecutive 12-month period;
the description of the relevant FCA significant-influence function does not relate to those activities of that individual.
SUP 10A.5.6 R enables cover to be given for, as an example, holidays and emergencies and avoids the need for the precautionary approval of, for example, a deputy. However, as soon as it becomes apparent that a person will be performing an FCA controlled function for more than 12 weeks, the firm should apply for approval.