SUP 12.7 Notification requirements

4Notification of appointment of an appointed representative

SUP 12.7.1RRP
  1. (1)

    6This rule applies to a firm which intends to appoint:6

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    1. (a)

      an appointed representative to carry on insurance distribution activities15; or134

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    2. (b)

      a tied agent; or11

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    3. (c)

      an appointed representative to carry on MCD credit intermediation activity.11; or13

    4. (d)

      a MiFID optional exemption appointed representative; or13

    5. (e)

      a structured deposit appointed representative.13

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  2. (2)

    This rule also applies to a firm which has appointed an appointed representative.63

  3. (3)

    A firm in (1) must complete and submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 before the appointment.6

  4. (4)

    A firm in (2) must complete and submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 within ten business days after the commencement of activities.6

SUP 12.7.1ARRP
  1. (1)

    A firm16 other than:9

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    1. (a)

      a credit union; or9

    2. (b)

      a firm which intends to appoint, or has appointed, an appointed representative to carry on only credit-related regulated activity;9

    must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 via16 online 9submission16 at the FCA’s website at16 http://www.fca.org.uk or any of the methods set out in SUP 15.7.4R to SUP 15.7.5AR (Method of notification)16.

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  2. (2)

    A credit union or a firm which intends to appoint, or has appointed, an appointed representative to carry on only credit-related regulated activity9must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 R in the way set out in SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G (Form and method of notification).

  3. (3)

    Where a firm is obliged to submit an application online under (1), if the FCA's information technology systems fail and online submission is unavailable for 24 hours or more, until such time as facilities for online submission are restored, a firm must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 R in the way set out in SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G (Form and method of notification).

[Note: See SUP 12.7.10 G to SUP 12.7.11 G regarding notification in the event of online failure.]

SUP 12.7.2GRP

A firm's notice under SUP 12.7.1 R should give details of the appointed representative and the regulated activities which the firm is, or intends to, carry on through the appointed representative, including:

  1. (1)

    the name of the firm's new appointed representative (if the appointed representative is a body corporate, this is its registered name);

  2. (2)

    any trading name under which the firm's new appointed representative carries on a regulated activity in that capacity;

  3. (3)

    a description of the regulated activities which the appointed representative is permitted or required to carry on and for which the firm has accepted responsibility;

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  4. (4)

    any restrictions imposed on the regulated activities for which the firm has accepted responsibility; and

  5. (5)

    where the appointed representative is not an individual, the name of the individuals who are responsible for the management of the business carried on by the appointed representative so far as it relates to insurance distribution activity15.

SUP 12.7.3GRP

A firm need not notify the FCA of any restrictions imposed on the regulated activities for which the firm has accepted responsibility (under SUP 12.7.2 G (4)) if the firm accepts responsibility for the unrestricted scope of the regulated activities.

SUP 12.7.3AGRP

Where a notification is linked to an application for approval under section 59 of the Act (Approval for particular arrangements), see SUP 10A.13.7 G17.1

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SUP 12.7.4G
  1. (1)

    [deleted]3

  2. (2)

    [deleted]3

SUP 12.7.5GRP

To contact the FCA’s Contact Centre with appointed representatives enquiries13: 7

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  1. (1)

    telephone 0300 500 059713; fax 020 7066 001713; or

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  2. (2)

    write to: Customer Contact Centre13, The Financial Conduct Authority, 12 Endeavour Square, London, E20 1JN14; or

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  3. (3)

    email firm.queries@fca.org.uk13.

SUP 12.7.6G

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Notification of changes in information given to the FCA4

SUP 12.7.7RRP
  1. (1)

    If:4

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    1. (a)
      1. (i)

        the scope of appointment of an appointed representative is extended to cover insurance distribution activities15 for the first time; and42

      2. (ii)

        the appointed representative is not included on the Financial Services Register as carrying on insurance distribution activities15 in another capacity; or42

    2. (b)

      the scope of appointment of an appointed representative ceases to include insurance distribution activity15;42

    the appointed representative's principal must give written notice to the FCA of that change before the appointed representative begins to carry on insurance distribution activities15 under the contract (see SUP 12.4) or as soon as the scope of appointment of the appointed representative ceases to include insurance distribution activities15.42

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  2. (1A)

    If:7

    1. (a)
      1. (i)

        the scope of appointment changes such that the appointed representative acts as a tied agent, MiFID optional exemption appointed representative or structured deposit appointed representative13 for the first time; and7

      2. (ii)

        the appointed representative is not included on the Financial Services Register13; or7

    2. (b)

      the appointed representative ceases to act as a tied agent, MiFID optional exemption appointed representative or structured deposit appointed representative13;7

    the appointed representative's principal13 must give written notice to the FCA of that change before the appointed representative begins to act as a tied agent, MiFID optional exemption appointed representative or structured deposit appointed representative13 (see SUP 12.4) or as soon as the appointed representative ceases to act as a tied agent, MiFID optional exemption appointed representative or structured deposit appointed representative. 7

  3. (1B)

    If:11

    1. (a)
      1. (i)

        the scope of appointment of an appointed representative is extended to cover MCD credit intermediation activity for the first time; and

      2. (ii)

        the appointed representative is not included on the Financial Services Register; or

    2. (b)

      the scope of appointment of an appointed representative ceases to include MCD credit intermediation activity;

    the appointed representative's principal must give written notice to the FCA of that change before the appointed representative begins to carry on MCD credit intermediation activity under the contract (see SUP 12.4), or as soon as the scope of appointment of the appointed representative ceases to include MCD credit intermediation activity.

[Note: article 31(4) of the MCD]

  1. (2)

    Where there is a change in any of the information provided to the FCA under SUP 12.7.1 R or SUP 12.7.7 R (1A)7, a firm must complete and submit to the FCA the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 R8 (Appointed representative or tied agent – change details16) within ten business days of that change being made or, if later, as soon as the firm becomes aware of the change. The Appointed representative or tied agent – change details16 form must state that the information has changed.4

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  2. (3)

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[Note: See SUP 12.7.8A R regarding the method of submission for the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 R.]8

Notification of changes in conditions of appointment4

SUP 12.7.8RRP
  1. (1)

    As soon as a firm has reasonable grounds to believe that any of the conditions in SUP 12.4.2 R,SUP 12.4.6 R,11 SUP 12.4.8A R4, SUP 12.4.10A R or SUP 12.4.10B R11 (as applicable) are not satisfied, or are likely not to be satisfied, in relation to any of its appointed representatives, it must complete and submit to the FCA the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 R (Appointed representative notification form), in accordance with the instructions on the form.3

  2. (2)

    In its notification under SUP 12.7.8 R (1), the firm must state either:

    1. (a)

      the steps it proposes to take to rectify the matter; or

    2. (b)

      the date of termination of its contract with the appointed representative (see SUP 12.8).

  3. (3)

    [deleted]3

Method of submission of the form in SUP 12 Annex 4R

SUP 12.7.8ARRP
  1. (1)

    8Subject to (2A), a 9 firm other than a credit union must submit the form as set out in SUP 12 Annex 4 R online at http://www.fca.org.uk using the FCA's online notification and application system12.

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  2. (2)

    A credit union must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 R in the way set out in SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G (Form and method of notification).

  3. (2A)

    If the notification:9

    1. (a)

      relates to an appointed representative whose scope of appointment covers only credit-related regulated activity; or9

    2. (b)

      is of a change to the scope of appointment of an appointed representative to add or remove credit-related regulated activity;9

    the firm must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 in the way set out in SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G (Form and method of notification).9

  4. (3)

    Where a firm is obliged to submit an application online under (1), if the FCA's information technology systems fail and online submission is unavailable for 24 hours or more, until such time as facilities for online submission are restored, a firm must submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 4 R in the way set out in SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G (Form and method of notification).

[Note: See SUP 12.7.10 G to SUP 12.7.11 G regarding notification in the event of online failure.]8

Notifications relating to EEA tied agents

SUP 12.7.9RRP

7If a UK MiFID investment firm appoints an EEA tied agent this section applies to that firm as though the EEA tied agent were an appointed representative.

Submission in the event of failure of FCA information technology systems

SUP 12.7.10GRP

8If the FCA's information technology systems fail and online submission is unavailable for 24 hours or more, the FCA will endeavour to publish a notice on its website confirming that online submission is unavailable and that firms, other than credit unions, should use the alternative methods of submission set out in SUP 12.7.1AR (3) and SUP 12.7.8AR (3) (as appropriate), and SUP 15.7.4 R to SUP 15.7.9 G, addressing applications for the attention of the Approved Persons, Passporting13 and Mutuals Team.

SUP 12.7.11G

8Where SUP 12.7.1AR (3) or SUP 12.7.8AR (3) apply to a firm, GEN 1.3.2 R (Emergency) does not apply.