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SUP 15.15 Notification by retail intermediaries of qualification as an enhanced scope SMCR firm

Application: General

SUP 15.15.1R

1Subject to SUP 15.15.2R and SUP 15.15.3R, this section applies to a firm that meets the conditions in SYSC 23 Annex 1 8.18R (Special requirements for calculating intermediary regulated business revenue).

Application: Firm moving between different reporting requirements

SUP 15.15.2R
  1. (1)

    1Subject to SUP 15.15.3R, this section also applies to a firm:

    1. (a)

      that meets the conditions in SUP 15.15.1R for part of an averaging period (as defined in SUP 15.15.7R); and

    2. (b)

      is subject to the reporting requirement in column (2) of row (3) of the table in SYSC 23 Annex 1 8.2R (Table: Financial qualification conditions) for another part of that averaging period.

  2. (2)

    When this section applies to a firm in (1), it applies in respect of the averaging period in question.

Application: General exclusion

SUP 15.15.3R

1This section does not apply to a firm that is excluded from being an enhanced scope SMCR firm by the flow diagram in SYSC 23 Annex 1 1.2R (Flow diagram: Types of SMCR firm).

SUP 15.15.4G

1SUP 15.15.3R means that this section does not apply to:

  1. (1)

    an SMCR banking firm, an SMCR insurance firm or a limited scope SMCR firm; or

  2. (2)

    a firm that is excluded from the enhanced regime as defined in Part 7 of SYSC 23 Annex 1 (Exclusion from enhanced regime).

Application: Firm is an enhanced scope firm for another reason

SUP 15.15.5G

1This section applies even if the firm meets one of the other qualification conditions in SYSC 23 Annex 1 for being an enhanced scope SMCR firm as well as the retail intermediary one.

Purpose

SUP 15.15.6G

1The purpose of this section is to require certain firms to calculate whether or not they meet the qualification condition for being an enhanced scope SMCR firm based on total intermediary regulated business revenue. In certain cases a firm should report the result of the calculation to the FCA but this section does not require regular reports.

Definitions

SUP 15.15.7R

1In this section:

  1. (1)

    averaging period has the same meaning as it does in Part 8 of SYSC 23 Annex 1;

  2. (2)

    reporting date is defined in SUP 15.15.9R;

  3. (3)

    reporting period has the same meaning as it does in SYSC 23 Annex 1 8.21R; and

  4. (4)

    the retail intermediary qualification condition means the qualification condition referred to in SUP 15.15.8R.

Obligation to make calculations

SUP 15.15.8R

1A firm must calculate, for each averaging period, whether or not it meets the qualification condition in row (3) of the table in SYSC 23 Annex 1 8.2R (Table: Financial qualification conditions).

SUP 15.15.9R
  1. (1)

    1A firm must complete the calculation no later than 30 business days after the end of the averaging period in question.

  2. (2)

    This section refers to the date in this rule as the ‘reporting date’.

SUP 15.15.10G

1The calculations required by this section are made in the same way as they are for Section B of the RMAR.

SUP 15.15.11G
  1. (1)

    1The amount of work required by SUP 15.15.8R will vary between firms.

  2. (2)

    In some cases the firm’s total intermediary regulated business revenue will be so small or large that the firm will need to do little work to establish whether or not it meets the retail intermediary qualification condition.

  3. (3)

    In some cases a firm’s total income (intermediary regulated business revenue and all its other income) may be below the qualification amount. The firm may have accounts that it has prepared to the necessary standard for other purposes (such as statutory accounts) that show this. In this case the firm may need to do virtually no additional work to establish that it does not meet the retail intermediary qualification condition.

  4. (4)

    In some cases the firm may need to calculate the precise amount of its total intermediary regulated business revenue. In that case the firm may need to do the same amount of work it would have to do if it had to report to the FCA under Section B of the RMAR.

Obligation to notify the FCA

SUP 15.15.12R

1If any of the circumstances set out in the table in SUP 15.15.14R occur, a firm must notify the FCA of that fact.

SUP 15.15.13R
  1. (1)

    1The firm must make the notification in SUP 15.15.12R no later than the date specified in the table in SUP 15.15.14R.

  2. (2)

    The notification must also include the additional information, and meet the other requirements, set out in column (3) of that table.

SUP 15.15.14R

1Table: Circumstances to be notified to the FCA

What has to be notified

When it has to be notified

Additional information and comments

(1) The firm meets the retail intermediary qualification condition after it has previously not met it.

The reporting date for the last reporting period of the averaging period for which it first meets the retail intermediary qualification condition.

The notification must include the dates of the averaging period in question.

The notification obligation applies even if the firm meets the retail intermediary qualification condition in its first averaging period after the firm becomes a retail intermediary.

(2) The firm ceases to meet the retail intermediary qualification condition after it has previously met it.

The reporting date for the last reporting period of the averaging period for which it first ceases to meet the retail intermediary qualification condition.

This is subject to (3).

The notification must include the dates of the averaging period in question.

(3) The firm ceases to be a retail intermediary where immediately before it met the retail intermediary qualification condition

30 business days after it ceases to be a retail intermediary

The notification obligation does not apply if the firm continues to meet the retail intermediary qualification condition.

Note One: The notification obligation applies whether this is the first time the event in column (1) has occurred or whether it has happened before.

Note Two: A firm is a retail intermediary if this section applies to it.

Note Three: The obligation to make a report in (2) or (3) applies even though this section would not otherwise apply under SUP 15.15.1R to SUP 15.15.3R.

SUP 15.15.15G

1A firm should not include the amount of its total intermediary regulated business revenue in a notification under SUP 15.15.12R.

SUP 15.15.16G
  1. (1)

    1This section does not require a firm regularly to notify the FCA whether or not it meets the retail intermediary qualification condition for each averaging period.

  2. (2)

    Instead this section requires a firm to notify the FCA when it first meets the retail intermediary qualification condition and if it ceases to.

  3. (3)

    So, for example, if the firm notifies the FCA that it meets the retail intermediary qualification condition, there is no need for any further notifications unless and until it ceases to meet the retail intermediary qualification condition.

  4. (4)

    Similarly, if the firm never meets the retail intermediary qualification condition, it will never have to notify the FCA under this section.

  5. (5)

    There is no need for a firm to notify the FCA if it ceases to be a retail intermediary as defined in this section because it has started to submit an RMAR, as long as it continues to meet the retail intermediary qualification condition.

How to submit notifications

SUP 15.15.17R

1A firm does not have to use the form in SUP 15 Annex 4R (Notification form) to make a notification under this section but must include the details required by Section A of that form (Personal Details).

SUP 15.15.18G

1Subject to SUP 15.15.17R, SUP 15.7 (Form and method of notification) applies to notifications under this section.