The regulator’s Financial Services Register will be offline this weekend as the system undergoes significant enhancement ahead of its relaunch on Monday (27 July).
The register will be unavailable over the weekend of 25/26 July. The Financial Conduct Authority said the enhanced register would have a "new look and will include improvements we have made in response to user feedback".
The Application Programming Interface (API) will also be out of service during 25/26 July and users will not be able to request data.
The FCA said firms will need to update any links they have to pages on the current Financial Services Register, other than those to the homepage, once the enhanced register launches.
All current links will be redirected to the enhanced register's homepage. It added: "The existing Financial Services Register will cease to be available from 6pm on Friday 24 July."
The FCA said under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SM&CR), it committed to publishing and maintaining a directory of certified and assessed persons on the Financial Services Register, "so consumers and professionals can check details of key individuals working in financial services".
It had been due to publish the directory persons information in March this year but confirmed it had been pushed back.
It added: "Having already announced a delay to this, we now intend to publish it later this year. This is partly due to the impact of coronavirus (Covid-19) and the additional burden this would have placed on firms.
"We've also experienced operational challenges when processing some bulk data file submissions from dual regulated firms at peak periods. We want to allow enough time for us to work with firms so that all data submitted is accurately represented when published."
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