This section sets out the matters which we take into consideration, and expect the firm or Recognised Body to take into consideration, when assessing the fitness and propriety of:(a) In the case of a firm, an Approved Person, Recognised Person under GEN 5.3 and GEN 5.4 and Principal Representative under 9.8;(b) In the case of a Recognised Body, an Approved Person under MIR 7.2.
Applications for approved person status in respect of the controlled functions of Senior Executive Officer, Licensed Director and Licensed Partner shall be made by the firm and approved by us. We may reject an application for an Approved Person status or grant an Approved Person status with or without conditions and restrictions.
In relation to applications for Recognised Persons status the firm or Recognised Body will approve the Recognised Functions of Finance Officer, Compliance Officer, Senior Manager, Money Laundering Reporting Officer and Responsible Officer, and notify us of such appointments. The onus is on the firm or Recognised Body to carry out proper due diligence to ensure that the person is fit and proper to carry out the function, and to maintain the necessary supporting documentation for its due diligence.
We expect a firm and Recognised Body to continually ensure that all Approved and Recognised Persons are fit and proper for the controlled and or recognised Functions that they have been appointed to.
When assessing whether an individual meets the fitness and propriety criteria to be able to perform the role of an Approved Person or Recognised Person, we take the following considerations into account, as set out in paragraphs 2.3.6 to 2.3.8 below.