Given the complexity of issues raised by passporting, UK firms are advised to consult legislation and also to obtain legal advice at earliest opportunity. Firms are encouraged to contact their usual supervisory contact at the FSA to discuss their proposals. However, a UK firm which is seeking guidance on procedural or notification issues relating to passporting should contact the Passport Notifications Unit.
An applicant for Part IV permission which is submitting a notice of intention with its application for such permission (see AUTH 3.20 (Specific obligations: applicants seeking to establish a branch in, or provide services, into another EEA State)) should contact the Corporate Authorisation department in the first instance (see AUTH 1.9 (Next Steps)).1
To contact the Passport Notifications Unit, from which a standard form of notice of intention can be obtained: