This summary is based on the consultation paper (CP17/25) published by the FCA on 26 July 2017, which is now subject to consultation.
The Conduct Rules will replace the previous Statements of Principle for Approved Persons. Some are specifically designated as applying only to Senior Managers (these are the second tier rules) with the rest applicable to everyone that is subject to the Conduct Rules.
The Conduct Rules do not apply to staff that hold ancillary roles that are not specific to the financial services business. These include staff such as receptionists and cleaners.
The first tier Conduct Rules (which apply to everyone in scope) are:
Rule 1: You must act with integrity
Rule 2: You must act with due skill, care and diligence
Rule 3: You must be open and co-operative with the FCA, the PRA and other regulators.
Rule 4: You must pay due regard to the interests of the customer and treat them fairly.
Rule 5: You must observe proper standards of market conduct.
The second tier conduct rules (which apply only to Senior Managers) are:
SC1: You must take reasonable steps to ensure that the business of the firm for which you are responsible is controlled effectively.
SC2: You must take reasonable steps to ensure that the business of the firm for which you are responsible complies with relevant requirements and standards of the regulatory regime.
SC3: You must take reasonable steps to ensure that any delegation of your responsibilities is to an appropriate person and that you oversee the discharge of the delegated responsibility effectively.
SC4: You must disclose appropriately any information of which the FCA or PRA would reasonably expect notice.
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