2. In (2), the firm must confirm that the information being reported in respect of the particular Directory person is accurate and complete. Each firm is responsible for ensuring that any information reported about a Directory person is accurate and complete.
Even if the firm believes or knows that information has been provided to the FCA before (whether as part of another notification or otherwise) or is in the public domain, it should be disclosed clearly and fully as part of this report.
It is a criminal offence, knowingly or recklessly, to give the FCA and/or PRA information that is materially false, misleading or deceptive (see sections 398 and 400 Financial Services and Markets Act).
The FCA will not verify the information about Directory persons which is reported by the firm. If a firm becomes aware of any inaccuracies or errors in the information reported about a Directory person it must rectify that information as soon as possible in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.
The firm should be aware that, while advice may be sought from a third party (e.g. legal advice), the firm has responsibility for the accuracy of information, as well as the disclosure of relevant information in the report. For certification employees, the Senior Manager with responsibility for certification (PRb) is accountable for the accuracy of the information submitted in this report.
4. The information in (4), (5) and (6) will be used to cross-check the identity of the Directory person against other information held by the FCA. It will not be published on the Directory. It is only necessary to report a Directory person’s passport number and nationality4 in (4) where:
5. In (10) and (11), for each role which the Directory person performs, specify the dates when the individual starts and stops performing the role.
(a) For a certification employee this will be the particular certification function or functions which the individual has been assessed as being fit and proper to perform and performing for which the employee has a certificate at the time of the report.
(b) For a non-SMF director Directory person this will be “Director of firm who is not a certification employee or a SMF manager”.
(c) For a sole trader Directory person, this will be “Sole trader dealing with clients for which they require a qualification”.
(d) In respect of an appointed representative Directory person, this will be “Appointed representative dealing with clients for which they require a qualification”.
7. Although a firm does not need to issue multiple certificates for any employee who performs several different certification functions (see SYSC 27.2.14G(6)), in (12) the firm must select all relevant certification functions which are performed by the individual (both FCA certification functions and PRA certification functions).
8. In (13) select all the relevant qualifications (see TC App 1.1 (Activities and Products/Sectors to which TC applies subject to Appendices 2 and 3)) which the Directory person requires and holds so as to carry on the role that they perform.
9. For example, if the Directory person is an appointed representative who holds the necessary qualifications to be able to advise on investments and advise on regulated mortgage contracts but has been appointed by the firm only to advise on regulated mortgage contracts, the firm should select only “20. Advising or arranging (bringing about) regulated mortgage contracts for a non-business purpose”.
10. In relation to (14), the engagement methods (online, telephone, face to face) offered by a Directory person only need to be reported where the Directory person deals with customers and requires a qualification under TC App 1.1 to do so.
11. In relation to (15), workplace location (post code) only needs to be reported where the Directory person offers face to face engagement and requires a qualification under TC App 1.1 to do so. The FCA will use the post code provided to publish a Directory person’s workplace location at town or city level, the post code itself will not be published on the Directory.
Where a firm has reason to believe that making public a Directory person’s workplace location would put them at risk, that firm may not report the information required in (15) or may provide the post code for its head office.
12. In relation to (16), “relevant accredited body membership” is membership of any of the following professional bodies: CFA Society of the UK; The Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI); The Chartered Banker Institute (CBI)2; The Chartered Insurance Institute (CII); and3 The London Institute of Banking and Finance (LIBF)3. Relevant accredited body membership only needs to be reported where the Directory person deals with customers and requires a qualification under TC App 1.1 to do so.
Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.