SYSC TP 5 1Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013: Certification and regulatory references

1Purpose of SYSC TP 5

SYSC 5.1.1

G

SYSC TP 5:4

4(1)

explains how the certification regime described in SYSC 5.2 applies during the transitional period between 7 March 2016 and 7 March 2017 described in SYSC TP 5.3.1G; and4

4(2)

has certain transitional provisions dealing with SYSC 22 (Regulatory references).

45.1.2

G

SYSC TP 5 deals with transitional issues that relate to changes to the Handbook that come into force in 2016 and 2017.

Application

SYSC 5.2.1

G

4(1)

All of 4SYSC TP 5 applies to relevant authorised persons.

4(2)

SYSC TP 5.1, SYSC TP 5.2 and SYSC TP 5.5 apply to all firms.

Certification: 4The transitional period

SYSC 5.3.1

G

The obligation in section 63E(1) of the Act for a relevant authorised person to take reasonable care to ensure that no employee of the firm performs an FCA specified significant-harm function, unless the firm has issued the employee with a valid certificate, does not apply until the end of the transitional period.

SYSC 5.3.2

G

However, other parts of the Handbook and the Act about certification employees apply in the transitional period.

SYSC 5.3.3

G

The table in SYSC TP 5.3.4G explains how the requirements of the Handbook and the Act about certification employees apply in the transitional period.

SYSC 5.3.4

G

Table: How the certification regime applies in the transitional period

1Provision in the Act or the Handbook

What that provision is about

How it applies in the transitional period

Definition of certification employee

During the transitional period, the Glossary definition of certification employee covers everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force

SYSC 5.2.4G to SYSC 5.2.17G

Guidance about issuing certificates and fitness

Does not apply

SYSC 5.2.18R to SYSC 5.2.57G2

Definition of who falls into the certification regime

Applies for the purpose of those parts of the Handbook and the Act that are in force as described in this table.

The parts of SYSC 4.5 dealing with the management responsibilities map

SYSC 4.5 says that the management responsibilities map should say if persons described or identified in the management responsibilities map are certification employees

Applies to everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force.

COCON

Applies to everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force.

This applies even if they have not been notified that:

(a) COCON applies to them; or

(b) of the rules that apply to them.

Applies to those who would have been excluded from the certification regime by SYSC 5.2.27R (Scope: emergency appointments).

Section 64B of the Act

Firm should ensure that all persons subject to COCON are notified

Firm should take reasonable steps to ensure that those persons understand how COCON applies to them.

Applies to everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force.

The parts of SUP 15.3 that deal with COCON breaches3

Notifying a significant3 breach of COCON to the FCA

Applies to everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force.

Section 64C of the Act and SUP 15.11

Notifying the FCA of disciplinary action

Applies to everyone who would need a certificate to perform their job if the obligation to issue certificates was in force.

4Transitional provisions about regulatory references: Full scope regulatory reference firms

4SYSC 5.4.1

R

(1)

If on 7 March 2017 an employee (P) is already performing a specified significant-harm function for a relevant authorised person (A), the obligation under SYSC 22 (Regulatory references) for A to obtain a reference when issuing a certificate for P for that significant-harm function does not apply.

(2)

Paragraph (1) ceases to apply if there has been a significant change in P’s responsibilities forming part of that specified significant-harm function as compared to the position on 7 March 2017.

45.4.2

R

SYSC 22.2.1R (Obligation to obtain a regulatory reference) does not apply to an application for approval as an approved person that is made before 7 March 2017 but that has not yet been finally determined by that date.

4SYSC 5.4.3

G

(1)

SYSC 22.7.5G to SYSC 22.7.8G (Asking for a reference to be updated) deal with a full scope regulatory reference firm (A) that is obliged to get a reference from an ex-employer (B) and wants to rely on one that B has already given A.

(2)

The SYSC material referred to in (1) can apply where the reference was given before 7 March 2017.

(3)

One relevant factor is whether B is a full scope regulatory reference firm. This is because the FCA requirements about firms asked to give regulatory references that applied to firms that are not full scope regulatory reference firms before 7 March 2017 were similar to those in SYSC 22. As such, the existing reference may already be sufficient.

(4)

The main difference between the requirements for a firm that is not a full scope regulatory reference firm before and after 7 March 2017 is that the range of functions for which A is entitled to ask for a reference was widened. For example, there was no obligation to supply a reference for a certification employee before then.

4SYSC 5.4.4

G

SYSC 22.2.4R (Obligation to revise references) does not apply to references given before 7 March 2017.

4SYSC 5.4.5

R

Question (F) (disciplinary action) in Part One of SYSC 22 Annex 1R (Template for regulatory references given by relevant authorised persons and disclosure requirements) does not require disclosure of breaches of individual conduct requirements referred to in question (F) if the disciplinary action referred to in that item took place before:

(1)

(in the case of a relevant authorised person) 7 March 2016; or

(2)

(in the case of any other full scope regulatory reference firm) 7 March 2017;

if the firm’s records do not show whether the conduct that was subject to disciplinary action amounted to a breach of those individual conduct requirements.

Transitional provisions about regulatory references: All firms

4SYSC 5.5.1

R

If a firm (A) asks another firm (B) for a reference before 7 March 2017, SYSC 22 (Regulatory references) applies to B if B gives the reference after that date.

4SYSC 5.5.2

G

SYSC 22 applies to a reference requested or given after 7 March 2017 even if the matters covered by the reference occurred before then.