The Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) has today published the first set of rules to implement the new Senior Managers Regime and Certification Regime for UK banks, building societies, credit unions and PRA-designated investment firms and the Senior Insurance Managers Regime for Solvency II insurers.

The rules for both regimes will come into force on 7 March 2016, with some aspects of the Senior Insurance Manager's Regime applying from 1 January 2016 in order to transpose Solvency II.

The rules published today set out the scope of the Senior Managers Regime, the Senior Insurance Managers Regime and the PRA's Certification Regime. The rules also cover how firms should allocate responsibilities to individuals and how firms should assess individuals' fitness and propriety.

Andrew Bailey, Deputy Governor, Prudential Regulation, Bank of England and CEO of the PRA said:

Bank of England 1 (PD)"This paper marks a major milestone in implementing our new accountability regimes for banks and insurers. We believe that individuals in firms should be held accountable if they fail to meet reasonable standards. The new regimes should not deter individuals from performing a senior role; rather they will ensure that people know what they need to do to demonstrate to us that they have assumed the appropriate responsibility to their role and taken all reasonable steps to mitigate or stop failings in their area."

A further set of rules on the outstanding elements of the regimes will be published later in the year. This will include the elements of the PRA's new regimes which need to be finalised in conjunction with the Financial Conduct Authority. This will also contain aspects of the regimes which are still under consultation, including how the accountability regime will apply to branches of non-EEA banks and how the Senior Insurance Manager's Regime will apply to Non-Executive Directors.

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