MAS revised guidelines on the fit and proper criteria that apply to all relevant persons carrying out any activity regulated by MAS. The guidelines also cover definitions of relevant persons and scope of application. This version of the guidelines will take effect from January 28, 2020 and applies to entities such as certain categories of locally incorporated banks and insurers and reinsurers.
The criteria for considering whether a relevant person is fit and proper includes honesty, integrity and reputation, competence and capability, and financial soundness. The onus is on each relevant person to establish that it is a fit and proper person rather than for MAS to show otherwise. Where a relevant, a person is required under the relevant legislation to ensure that another relevant person is fit and proper, the onus is on the former to establish to the satisfaction of MAS that the latter is fit and proper. As different appointments and designations entail different responsibilities, these guidelines would be applied in a manner and to the extent that is suitable to the circumstances. MAS will consider the nature of the responsibilities of the relevant person in determining the relative emphasis and standard that should be expected of the relevant person. When assessing an application for the appointment of a relevant person to senior or critical functions, MAS may, in addition to the fit and proper criteria set out in these guidelines, consider other factors.
Effective Date: January 28, 2020
Keywords: Asia Pacific, Singapore, Banking, Insurance, Guidelines, FMI, Operational Risk, Fit and Proper Assessments, MAS
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