APAs and CTPs shall publish the information which has to be made public in accordance with regulations 14(1) and 15(1) of the Data Reporting Services Regulations 2017 in a machine readable way.
Information shall only be considered published in a machine readable way where all of the following conditions are met:
it is in an electronic format designed to be directly and automatically read by a computer;
it is stored in an appropriate IT architecture in accordance with Article 8(7) that enables automatic access;
it is robust enough to ensure continuity and regularity in the performance of the services provided and ensures adequate access in terms of speed;
it can be accessed, read, used and copied by computer software that is free of charge and publicly available.
For the purposes of point (a) of the first subparagraph, the electronic format shall be specified by free, non-proprietary and open standards.
For the purposes of paragraph 3(a), electronic format shall include the type of files or messages, the rules to identify them, and the name and data type of the fields they contain.
APAs and CTPs shall:
make instructions available to the public, explaining how and where to easily access and use the data, including identification of the electronic format;
make public any changes to the instructions referred to in point (a) at least three months before they come into effect, unless there is an urgent and duly justified need for changes in instructions to take effect more quickly;
include a link to the instructions referred to in point (a) on the homepage of their website.
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.
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