Wednesday, April 17, 2013

CPSS: Implementation monitoring of standards

Implementation monitoring of standards
CPSS, Apr 17, 2013

The Committee on Payment and Settlement Systems (CPSS) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have started the process of monitoring implementation of the Principles for financial market infrastructures (the PFMIs). The PFMIs are international standards for payment, clearing and settlement systems, including central counterparties, and trade repositories. They are designed to ensure that the infrastructure supporting global financial markets is robust and well placed to withstand financial shocks. The PFMIs were issued by CPSS-IOSCO in April 2012 and jurisdictions around the world are currently in the process of implementing them into their regulatory frameworks to foster the safety, efficiency and resilience of their financial market infrastructures (FMIs).

Full, timely and consistent implementation of the PFMIs is fundamental to ensuring the safety, soundness and efficiency of key FMIs and for supporting the resilience of the global financial system. In addition, the PFMIs play an important part in the G20's mandate that all standardised over-the-counter (OTC) derivatives should be centrally cleared. Global central clearing requirements reinforce the importance of strong safeguards and consistent oversight of derivatives central counterparties (CCPs) in particular. CPSS and IOSCO members are committed to adopt the principles and responsibilities contained in the PFMIs in line with the G20 and Financial Stability Board (FSB) expectations.

Scope of the assessments

The implementation monitoring will cover the implementation of the principles contained in the PFMIs as well as responsibilities A to E. Reviews will be carried out in stages, assessing first whether a jurisdiction has completed the process of adopting the legislation and other policies that will enable it to implement the principles and responsibilities and subsequently whether these changes are complete and consistent with the principles and responsibilities. Assessments will also examine consistency in the outcomes of implementation of the principles by FMIs and implementation of the responsibilities by authorities. The results of the assessments will be published on both CPSS and IOSCO websites.

Jurisdictional coverage - The assessments will cover the following jurisdictions: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil Canada, Chile, China, European Union, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom and United States.  The jurisdictional coverage reflects, among other factors, the importance of the PFMIs to the G20 mandate for central clearing of OTC derivatives and the need to ensure robust risk management by CCPs.

Types of FMI - In many jurisdictions, the framework for regulation, supervision and oversight is different for each type of financial market infrastructure (FMI). Whilst initial overall assessments will cover the regulation changes necessary for all types of FMIs, further thematic assessments (assessing the consistency of implementation) are likely to focus on OTC derivatives CCPs and TRs, given their importance for the successful completion of the G20 commitments regarding central clearing and transparency for derivatives products. Prioritising OTC derivatives CCPs and TRs will help ensure timely initial reporting given that most jurisdictions have made most progress in implementing reforms for these sectors.


A first assessment is currently underway examining whether jurisdictions have made regulatory changes that reflect the principles and responsibilities in the PFMI. Results of this assessment are due to be published in the third quarter of 2013.