BSI to develop financial services compliance standard


26 October 2009

BSI, the UK’s national standards body, has brought together key stakeholders from the UK financial services sector to develop a standard for compliance teams. The standard will set out a common methodology, process and good practice which can be adopted by compliance teams in retail and wholesale financial firms.

The standard will be voluntary but will seek to complement existing regulation. It will enable organizations to demonstrate regulatory compliance and assurance more easily through a consistent, transparent, auditable approach. Unlike professional qualifications, the standard will not focus on individual competencies, but on business and operational processes.

Compliance with the standard is expected to help reduce the risk of compliance failures and offer greater reassurance to senior management and stakeholders that regulatory requirements are being met and managed appropriately. It will also enable better monitoring of systems and processes within a compliance team and promote recruitment of appropriately competent and experienced staff.

Mike Low, Director, Standards, BSI, said:
“Once published, this standard will provide a robust and consistent framework within which an organization will be able to administer and manage its compliance programme, providing reassurance to senior managers, regulators and customers by reducing the risk of compliance failure. BSI is delighted to bring together the financial services industry in a proactive response to events in the financial world.”

Supporting the development of the standard, Angela Knight, CEO of the British Bankers’ Association, said:
“This is an interesting and challenging initiative which should improve efficiencies between and amongst compliance teams across the financial service industry and the BBA welcomes its development."

Earlier this year BSI worked with Complinet to conduct a market survey which demonstrated the compliance community’s support for the initiative. Compliance practitioners, along with the Financial Services Authority (FSA) and representatives of relevant trade associations, recently attended the first Steering Committee meeting.

A draft of the standard will be available for public comment in Spring 2010 with publication expected late 2010.

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Notes to Editors

Organizations on the BSI Steering Gommittee include:
London Investment Banking Association
Securities & Investment Institute
British Bankers' Association 
The Futures and Options Association
Association of Private Client Investment Managers and Stockbrokers
Association of British Insurers
Association of Professional Compliance Consultants

For media information:
Lucy Fulton
Public Relations Officer, BSI
Tel: +44 (0)20 8996 7248
Mob: +44 (0)7717 451990

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