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TC 2.1.5CRRP
19A firm must not assess knowledge and competence based solely on relevant professional experience. It should also take into account relevant professional qualifications, such as diplomas and degrees, training and competency tests.[Note: annex III (3) of the MCD]
SUP 10C.12.24GRP
(1) When the FCA is imposing a competence-related condition where there is a shortfall, approval will only be granted on the condition that the candidate is required to undertake training or receive mentoring to eliminate the shortfall.(2) See SUP 10C.12.39G (role-limited approval) for an example of a shortfall in competence that is not dealt with by trying to remove it.
SUP 10C.12.25GRP
(1) An example of where a qualified approval based on competence may be used is for a candidate with proven management skills who is new to the role or the industry and requires some new technical knowledge for the new role.(2) For instance, a candidate for the role of a senior manager may have a proven track record as a senior manager but may lack detailed knowledge of a specific area, such as money laundering or of the technical details of prudential capital requirements.(3)
7Under sections 60A and 63F 7of the Act, in assessing whether a person is a fit and proper person to perform an FCA designated senior management function or an FCA certification function14, 7a firm16 must have particular regard to whether that person:7714(1) has obtained a qualification; or(2) has undergone, or is undergoing, training; or(3) possesses a level of competence; or(4) has the personal characteristics;required by general rules made by the FCA.
FIT 1.2.4GRP
The Act does not prescribe the matters which the FCA7 should take into account when determining fitness and propriety. However, section 61(2) states that the FCA7 may have regard (among other things) to whether the candidate or approved person:777(1) has obtained a qualification; or(2) has undergone, or is undergoing, training; or(3) possesses a level of competence; or(4) has the personal characteristics;required by general rules made by the FCA.7
SYSC 4 Annex 1GRP

[Editor’s note: The text of this provision has been moved to SYSC 25 Annex 1G]4

1Examples of situations where the FCA may use the own-initiative variation of approval power include where:(1) it has concerns about an SMF manager’s fitness to remain approved in relation to the performance of a designated senior management function but, in all the circumstances, it considers it appropriate to vary their approval by imposing one or more conditions or a time limitation, rather than making a prohibition order or withdrawing approval;(2) the nature or scope of the
[deleted] Editor’s note: The text of this provision has been moved to SYSC 27.2.5G]8
SYSC 5.2.17GRP
(1) [deleted] Editor’s note: The text of this provision has been moved to SYSC 27.2.15G(1)) and SYSC 27.2.15G(2)]8(2) [deleted] Editor’s note: The text of this provision has been moved to SYSC 27.2.15G(3)]8(3) [deleted] Editor’s note: The text of this provision has been moved to SYSC27.2.15G(4)]8
SUP 10C.13.19GRP
(1) An example of a situation in which the FCA would consider varying a condition would be a competency-related condition which required a training course to be completed (see, in particular, SUP 10C.12.24G for this type of condition).(2) If the firm later concludes that a different course would be better, the firm may apply for a variation of the condition.
EG 9.6.1RP
2When considering whether to grant or refuse an application to revoke or vary a prohibition order, the FCA will consider all the relevant circumstances of a case. These may include, but are not limited to: (1) the seriousness of the misconduct or other unfitness that resulted in the order; (2) the amount of time since the original order was made; (3) any steps taken subsequently by the individual to remedy the misconduct or other unfitness; (4) any evidence which, had it been

1Schedule to the Recognition Requirements Regulations, paragraph 2A


The composition of the management body of a [UK RIE] must reflect an adequately broad range of experience.


The management body must possess adequate collective knowledge, skills and experience in order to understand the [UK RIE’s] activities and main risks.


Members of the management body must -


commit sufficient time to perform their functions on the management body;


act with honesty, integrity and independence of mind; and


effectively -


assess and challenge, where necessary, the decisions of the senior management; and


oversee and monitor decision making.


The management body must -


define and oversee the implementation of governance arrangements that ensure the effective and prudent management of the [UK RIE] in a manner which promotes the integrity of the market, which at least must include the -


the segregation of duties in the organisation; and


the prevention of conflicts of interest;


monitor and periodically assess the effectiveness of the [UK RIE’s] governance arrangements; and


take appropriate steps to address any deficiencies found as a result of the monitoring under paragraph (b).


A [UK RIE] must -


devote adequate human and financial resources to the induction and training of members of the management body;


ensure that the management body has access to the information and documents it requires to oversee and monitor management decision-making; and


notify the FCA of the identity of all the members of its management body.


A [UK RIE] and, if it has a nomination committee, its nomination committee must engage a broad set of qualities and competences when recruiting persons to the management body, and for that purpose have a policy promoting diversity on the management body.


The number of directorships a member of the management body can hold at the same time must take into account individual circumstances and the nature, scale and complexity of the [UK RIE’s] activities.

TC 4.1.4RRP

Unless the context requires otherwise the rules in column 1 of the table are amended as set out in column 2:

Column 1

Column 2

Relevant rule


TC 2.1.1R(1)

Insert the following at the end of TC 2.1.1R(1):

“In addition, a firm must not assess a relevant individual as competent unless the firm has satisfied itself that the relevant individual possesses the knowledge and competence to enable the firm to meet its obligations under SYSC 5.1.5ABR. This means that the relevant individual has also:

(a) obtained appropriate experience which means that the relevant individual has successfully demonstrated the ability to carry on the activities through previous work experience. This work must have been performed, on a full-time equivalent basis, for a minimum period of 6 months; and

(b) attained an appropriate qualification which means a qualification or other test or training course that meets the criteria set out by the ESMA guidelines referred to in TC 1.1.1BG3.

The level of knowledge and competence needed to fulfil the firm’s obligations reflects the scope and degree of the activities, as described in TC 4.1.2R above, carried out by the relevant individual.”

TC 2.1.2R

The provision is amended by adding after TC 2.1.2R:

“A relevant individual, who has not acquired the necessary knowledge or competence to carry out the activities in TC 4.1.2R above, cannot provide those activities under supervision for a period exceeding 48 months.”

TC 2.1.5R(1)

The provision is amended by adding after TC 2.1.5R:

“Where a relevant individual has not acquired the necessary knowledge and competence to carry out the activities described in TC 4.1.2R above:

(a) the firm must ensure that the individual supervising the relevant individual:

(i) has been assessed as competent to provide such personal recommendation or information;

(ii) has the necessary skills and resources to act as a competent supervisor; and

(iii) takes responsibility for the personal recommendation or information, referred to in TC 4.1.2R above, provided by the relevant individual under supervision as if the supervisor is providing the personal recommendation including any suitability report (COBS 9) or information; and

(b) the firm must ensure that the supervision provided to a relevant individual is tailored to the services provided by the individual.”