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SUP 12.7 Notification and reporting requirements

4Notification of appointment of an appointed representative

SUP 12.7.1RRP
  1. (1)

    6This rule applies to a firm which intends to appoint an appointed representative or FCA registered tied agent.20

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  2. (2)

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  3. (3)

    A firm to which this rule applies 20 must complete and submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 3 to be received by the FCA no later than 30 days before the commencement of regulated activities by the proposed appointed representative20.

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  4. (4)

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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 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 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 proposed 20appointed 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. (2A)

    20if the appointed representative is a company, its company registration number;

  4. (3)

    a description of the nature of the 20regulated activities which the appointed representative will be 20 permitted or required to carry on and for which the firm intends to accept 20 responsibility;

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  5. (4)

    any restrictions imposed on the regulated activities for which the firm intends to accept 20responsibility;

  6. (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 activity;20

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  7. (6)

    20where the appointed representative will carry on insurance distribution activities, the name of the individual to be named as the primary point of contact at the appointed representative on the Financial Services Register;

  8. (7)

    20information on the nature of any non-regulated activities of the appointed representative;

  9. (8)

    20any group of which the appointed representative is a part;

  10. (9)

    20the principal reason for the appointment;

  11. (10)

    20information about the financial relationship between the firm and the appointed representative;

  12. (11)

    20an estimate of the expected level of revenue of the appointed representative during the first year of its appointment by reference to its regulated activities and non-regulated activities;

  13. (12)

    whether the appointed representative will provide services to retail clients;

  14. (13)

    whether it was previously the appointed representative of a different principal; and

  15. (14)

    information on any arrangements for seconding or contracting individuals from the appointed representative to the principal for the purposes of conducting portfolio management or dealing activities.

SUP 12.7.2AG

20A firm’s notice under SUP 12.7.1R relating to a proposed introducer appointed representative need not include those details specified in SUP 12.7.2G(7), SUP 12.7.2G(8), SUP 12.7.2G(9), SUP 12.7.2G(12), SUP 12.7.2G(13) and SUP 12.7.2G(14).

SUP 12.7.2BG

20A firm should only submit a notification pursuant to SUP 12.7.1R having first established those matters in SUP 12.4.2R or SUP 12.4.6R, as applicable.

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 G21.1

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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 Supervision Hub19 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: Supervision Hub19, 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 appointed representatives undertaking regulated funeral plan activity

SUP 12.7.6AR
  1. (1)

    18A firm must notify the FCA in good time before:

    1. (a)

      20[deleted]

    2. (b)

      the number of its appointed representatives appointed to carry on regulated funeral plan activity increases through a material threshold.

  2. (2)

    A firm that has appointed one or more appointed representatives to carry on regulated funeral plan activity must notify the FCA in good time before it appoints an appointed representative to carry on any other regulated activity for the first time.

SUP 12.7.6BG

18The purpose of SUP 12.7.6AR is to ensure that the FCA is notified when a firm diversifies its activities around regulated funeral plan activities. This may be because the firm:

  1. (1)

    intends to appoint an appointed representative for the first time where the scope of business for which the firm will accept responsibility will include regulated funeral plan activity;

  2. (2)

    is the principal to one or more appointed representatives:

    1. (a)

      and intends to expand the scope of business of one or more of those appointed representatives for which it accepts responsibility to include regulated funeral plan activity; or

    2. (b)

      in relation to which it has accepted responsibility for regulated funeral plan activity only and it intends to expand the scope of business of those, or new, appointed representatives for which it accepts responsibility beyond such activity.

SUP 12.7.6CR

18A firm must submit to the FCA within 80 business days of each calendar year end a list of those of its appointed representatives which:

  1. (1)

    undertake regulated funeral plan activity; and

  2. (2)

    are the subject of a multiple principal agreement (for the purposes of SUP 12.4.5BR).

SUP 12.7.6DG
  1. (1)

    18For the purposes of SUP 12.7.6AR(1)(b), an increase through a material threshold should be understood as referring to an increase in the number of appointed representatives undertaking regulated funeral plan activity:

    1. (a)

      from fewer than 25 to 25 or more;

    2. (b)

      from fewer than 50 to 50 or more;

    3. (c)

      from fewer than 75 to 75 or more;

    4. (d)

      from fewer than 100 to 100 or more;

    5. (e)

      from fewer than 200 to 200 or more;

    6. (f)

      from fewer than 500 to 500 or more.

  2. (2)

    Any notification required by SUP 12.7.6AR or SUP 12.7.6CR is in addition to any notification required by any other rule in SUP 12 (including the requirement to notify the FCA of the intention to appoint individual appointed representatives in SUP 12.7.1R).

  3. (3)

    A firm making a notification in accordance with SUP 12.7.6AR or SUP 12.7.6CR should consider the guidance in SUP 15.7 on the form and method of notification.

Notification of changes in information given to the FCA4

SUP 12.7.7RRP
  1. (1)

    20[deleted] [Editor’s note: This provision now appears at SUP 12.7.7AR.]

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  2. (1A)

    20[deleted] [Editor’s note: This provision now appears at SUP 12.7.7BR.]

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  3. (1B)

    20[deleted] [Editor’s note: This provision now appears at SUP 12.7.7CR.]

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  1. (2)

    Except where (4) applies, where 20there is a change in any of the information provided to the FCA under SUP 12.7.1R, a firm must complete and submit to the FCA the form in SUP 12 Annex 4R8 (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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  3. (4)

    20A firm must complete and submit to the FCA the form in SUP 12 Annex 4R (Appointed representative or tied agent – change details) at least 10 days before a change taking effect to the category of regulated activities which the appointed representative is permitted or required to carry on and for which the firm accepts responsibility.

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

20[Editor’s note: The provisions at SUP 12.7.7AR, SUP 12.7.7BR and SUP 12.7.7CR are not new text; they are moved from SUP 12.7.7R(1), (1A) and (1B) respectively.]

Notification of changes relating to insurance distribution activities

SUP 12.7.7AR

20If:

  1. (1)
    1. (a)

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

    2. (b)

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

  2. (2)

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

    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 activities under the contract (see SUP 12.4) or as soon as the scope of appointment of the appointed representative ceases to include insurance distribution activities.

Notification of changes relating to tied agents, MiFID optional exemption appointed representatives and structured deposit appointed representatives

Notification of changes relating to MCD credit intermediation activity

SUP 12.7.7CR

If:20

  1. (1)
    1. (a)

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

    2. (b)

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

  2. (2)

    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]

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 FCA registered tied agents

SUP 12.7.9RRP

7If a MiFID investment firm17 appoints an FCA registered tied agent17 this section applies to that firm as though the FCA registered tied agent17 were an appointed representative.

Notification of intention to act as a regulatory host

SUP 12.7.9AR
  1. (1)

    20A firm must notify the FCA if it intends to begin acting as a regulatory host.

  2. (2)

    20The notification in (1) must be received by the FCA at least 60 days before the firm begins offering services as a regulatory host.

SUP 12.7.9BG
  1. (1)

    20Any notification required by SUP 12.7.9AR is in addition to any notification required by any other rule in SUP 12 (including the requirement to notify the FCA of an intention to appoint individual appointed representatives in SUP 12.7.1R).

  2. (2)

    A firm making a notification in accordance with SUP 12.7.9AR should consider the rules and guidance in SUP 15.7 on the form and method of notification.

  3. (3)

    When providing the notification required by SUP 12.7.9AR, a firm may include information about the service that it intends to offer.

Other notifications

SUP 12.7.9CG
  1. (1)

    20A firm should also be aware that certain matters relating to firms’ appointed representatives may require notification to be made to the FCA under the notification rules in SUP 15 and Principle 11.

  2. (2)

    In particular, SUP 15.3.8G(2) sets out the FCA’s expectation that a firm will notify the FCA in accordance with Principle 11 in the event of a significant failure of the firm’s systems and controls for overseeing its appointed representatives.

Complaints and revenue data reporting

SUP 12.7.9DR
  1. (1)

    20This rule applies to a firm that has appointed one or more appointed representatives.

  2. (2)

    A firm must, once a year, submit the form in SUP 12 Annex 6R (On-going reporting by principal firms on their appointed representatives) to the FCA including information on:

    1. (a)

      numbers of complaints relating to each of the firm’s appointed representatives; and

    2. (b)

      revenue and remuneration attributed to each of the firm’s appointed representatives.

  3. (3)

    The form in (2) must be submitted to the FCA within 60 business days of the firm’s accounting reference date using the appropriate online systems accessible from the FCA’s website.

  4. (4)

    A firm must submit the form in (2) in respect of each 12-month period to its accounting reference date in respect of which it has been a principal to one or more appointed representatives (whether or not it was a principal for the complete 12-month period).

  5. (5)

    In relation to an appointed representative with more than one principal, a firm need not report information about the appointed representative’s revenue from non-regulated activities if it is not the ‘lead-principal’ (see SUP 12.4.5DG).

SUP 12.7.9EG

20In complying with SUP 12.7.9DR in relation to an appointed representative with more than one principal, a firm should only report information about the appointed representative’s revenue from that regulated activity for which the firm has accepted responsibility

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, clearly marking 20applications as relating to appointed representatives.20

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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.