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Call for input: regulatory barriers to innovation in digital and mobile solutions

The Financial Conduct Authority (‘FCA’) has this week published a paper calling for input on ‘Regulatory barriers to innovation in digital and mobile solutions’. The FCA wants to hear views from businesses seeking to use digital or mobile solutions in the provision of financial services including from innovator firms (both authorised and new entrants), accelerators, telecom businesses, software firms and technology businesses.  

The FCA hopes to uncover, from the point of view of contributors, the barriers that exist to innovation in digital and mobile solutions for financial services, including the regulatory barriers which have stifled innovation in the past. In the publication, the FCA has called for examples of when rules or policies have disrupted development and resulted in delays, abandonment of projects or adverse economic impacts.  The FCA also asked respondents if there were any rules or policies that should be introduced to facilitate innovation in digital and mobile solutions for financial services. Respondents were asked to consider both domestic regulatory barriers and barriers from EU law. The regulator pointed out that, while it has no direct control over UK or EU legislation, it can seek to inform and influence decision making in the relevant organisations. 

This ‘call for input’ follows on from a previous one in July 2014 that sought responses as to the difficulties the regulatory system poses for innovator businesses. Stemming from that publication the regulator launched Project Innovate to ensure that its regulatory regime supported the development of innovative products and services that can improve the lives of consumers. The FCA said that the project hub has seen firms develop new technologies such as distributed ledgers and digital currencies, cognitive computing, biometric banking and cloud-based services.

Since the Innovation Hub’s inception it has provided or is in the process of providing on-going assistance to 91 firms as their requests for support met the eligibility criteria. The regulator has provided informal steers in 34 cases and has also received 137 requests for support that did not meet the eligibility criteria. Firms either received limited support or an explanation why the FCA could not help in a particular instance.

A link to the paper can be found here.

The two questions posed by the FCA are as follows:

  • Question 1: What are the specific rules or policies that cause barriers to innovation in digital and mobile solutions for financial services (products or processes)? Please provide examples of when these rules or policies have stifled development and what was the impact (e.g. delay, abandonment of project, economic impact).
  • Question 2: Are there any rules or policies that should be introduced to facilitate innovation in digital and mobile solutions for financial services (products or processes)? Please provide examples of when the absence of these rules or policies has stifled development and what was the impact (e.g. delay, abandonment of project, economic impact).

If you are interested in contributing to a response or participating in a roundtable discussion on any of the issues raisedTo discuss any of the matters raised above please contact the Financial Regulatory team at Kemp Little.