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SUP 15.6 Inaccurate, false or misleading information

SUP 15.6.1RRP

A firm must take reasonable steps to ensure that all information it gives to the FSA in accordance with a rule in any part of the Handbook (including Principle 11) is:

  1. (1)

    factually accurate or, in the case of estimates and judgments, fairly and properly based after appropriate enquiries have been made by the firm; and

  2. (2)

    complete, in that it should include anything of which the FSA would reasonably expect notice.

SUP 15.6.2GRP

SUP 15.6.1 R applies also in relation to rules outside this chapter, and even if they are not notification rules. Examples of rules and chapters to which SUP 15.6.1 R is relevant, are:

  1. (1)

    Principle 11, and the guidance on Principle 11 in SUP 2 (Information gathering by the FSA on its own initiative);

  2. (2)

    SUP 15 (Notifications to the FSA):

  3. (3)

    SUP 16 (Reporting requirements);

  4. (4)

    SUP 17 (Transaction reporting);

  5. (5)

    any notification rule (see Schedule 2 which contains a consolidated summary of such rules);1

  6. (6)

    DISP 1.9 (Complaints record rule); and21

  7. (7)

    DISP 1.10 (Complaints reporting rule).2

SUP 15.6.3GRP

If a firm is unable to obtain the information required in SUP 15.6.1 R(2), then it should inform the FSA that the scope of the information provided is, or may be, limited.

SUP 15.6.4RRP

If a firm becomes aware, or has information that reasonably suggests that it has or may have provided the FSA with information which was or may have been false, misleading, incomplete or inaccurate, or has or may have changed in a material particular, it must notify the FSA immediately. Subject to SUP 15.6.5 R, the notification must include:

  1. (1)

    details of the information which is or may be false, misleading, incomplete or inaccurate, or has or may have changed;

  2. (2)

    an explanation why such information was or may have been provided; and

  3. (3)

    the correct information.

SUP 15.6.5RRP

If the information in SUP 15.6.4 R (3) cannot be submitted with the notification (because it is not immediately available), it must instead be submitted as soon as possible afterwards.

SUP 15.6.6GRP

The FSA may request the firm to provide revised documentation containing the correct information, if appropriate.

SUP 15.6.7GRP

Firms are reminded that section 398 of the Act (Misleading the Authority: residual cases) makes it an offence for a firm knowingly or recklessly to provide the FSA with information which is false or misleading in a material particular in purported compliance with the FSA's rules or any other requirement imposed by or under the Act. An offence by a body corporate, partnership or unincorporated association may be attributed to an officer or certain other persons (section 400 of the Act (Offences by bodies corporate etc)).