The FSA says advisers no longer have to spend a minimum of one hour on structured CPD activities - it will permit 30 minutes instead.
Included among its previous examples of structured professional development activities were attending courses, seminars, lectures, conferences or workshops "which require attendance for one hour or more".
However, following feedback from the industry, it has amended its Handbook description so it specifies activities of 30 minutes or more.
"We recognise that requiring an hour minimum may cause difficulties for advisers and limit opportunities for CPD activity to be carried out," the regulator says in today's professionalism Policy Statement.
"Advisers must be able to demonstrate they have completed structured CPD and this should include a record with evidence of learning activity completed, the target learning outcome and how this has been met, and (if assessed) the result of the assessment."
Having previously permitted distance and e-learning as forms of CPD, the FSA has also confirmed activities such as computer-based training and web-based seminars also count.
Meanwhile, the regulator says its post-2012 requirement of a minimum of 35 hours CPD each year applies to part-time advisers as well as full-time intermediaries.
In consultation paper CP10/14, the FSA said advisers who work for fewer than 32 hours per week would have to do fewer hours of CPD, on a pro-rata basis.
However, respondents argued all practitioners should follow the same requirements if consumers were to trust the sector.
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