• IFR 6.2.1 IFR 6.2.1

    (a) A Fund Manager of a Domestic Fund that is a Public Fund must, subject to IFR 6.2.1(c), appoint a Shari'a Supervisory Board to its Fund that meets the following requirements:
    (i) the Shari'a Supervisory Board has at least three members;
    (ii) the members appointed to the Shari'a Supervisory Board are competent to perform their functions as Shari'a Supervisory Board members of the Fund;
    (iii) any appointments, dismissals or changes in respect of members of the Shari'a Supervisory Board are approved by the Governing Body of the Fund Manager; and
    (iv) no member of the Shari'a Supervisory Board is a director or Controller of the Fund or its Fund Manager.
    (b) A Fund Manager may comply with the requirement in IFR 6.2.1(a) by appointing to the Fund the same Shari'a Supervisory Board as it has appointed to itself as an Authorised Person (and whether acting as an Islamic Financial Institution or through an Islamic Window) in accordance with IFR 3.5.2, provided the requirements in IFR 6.2.1(a) are also met.
    (c) A Fund Manager is not required to comply with the requirement in IFR 6.2.1(a) where it relies, for the purposes of making investments for the Fund, on a widely accepted Shari'a screening process such as investing in securities included in, or recognised by reference to, an Islamic index, sukuk, or treasury instruments issued by a Shari'a-compliant financial services provider regulated by an international recognised and reputable financial services regulator.

    • Guidance

      (i) In appointing a Shari'a Supervisory Board for the purposes of IFR 6.2.1(a), the Fund Manager should consider the previous experience and qualifications of the proposed Shari'a Supervisory Board members to assess whether the proposed Shari'a Supervisory Board member is competent to advise on the activities undertaken by the Islamic Fund. If the Fund Manager is appointing the same Shari'a Supervisory Board as it has appointed to the firm pursuant to IFR 6.2.1(b), the Fund Manager should still consider whether the requirements in both IFR 3.5.2(a) and IFR 6.2.1(a) are met in respect of that board.
      (ii) If the Fund Manager is relying on Shari'a screening methodologies such as the Dow Jones Shari'a index, such screening is generally regarded as widely accepted and accessible. However, if less widely known methodologies are used, the Fund Manager should be able, upon request by the Regulator, to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the Regulator the grounds on which it considers the particular methodology used to be acceptable and reliable.
      (iii) Although the Fund Managers of Exempt Funds and Qualified Investor Funds are not subject to the requirement for the appointment of a Shari'a Supervisory Board for such a Fund, they would need to ensure that the Exempt Funds or Qualified Investor Funds they manage continue to meet the Shari'a requirements applicable to the relevant Fund. They may use a member of the Shari'a Supervisory Board appointed at the firm level for the purposes of ascertaining compliance with the Shari'a requirements. The manner in which they demonstrate to the Unitholder of the Exempt Fund or Qualified Investor Fund as to how they achieve such compliance is a matter left to negotiation (i.e. subject to contractual terms) between the Unitholders and the Fund Manager.
      (iv) A Foreign Fund Manager may not be able to take advantage of IFR 6.2.1(b), unless it has a Shari'a Supervisory Board appointed at the firm level. In contrast the Authorised Fund Manager of a Foreign Fund will be able to use its Shari'a Supervisory Board to meet the Shari'a Supervisory Board requirement relating to the Fund as set out in IFR 6.2.1(b).