Confidence in the Bailiwick: securing good regulatory outcomes with integrity, proportionality and professional excellence
Who we are
The Guernsey Financial Services Commission is the regulatory body for the finance industry in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. We seek to secure good regulatory outcomes with integrity, proportionality and professional excellence, thereby generating confidence in the Bailiwick as a jurisdiction.
We are an independent public body funded entirely by the licensees that we regulate by charging them fees. We are accountable to the States of Guernsey which is responsible for the Bailiwick’s financial services industry and for establishing the regulatory regime.
We use a risk based approach to the supervision of licensees which is underpinned by a system known as PRISM (Probability Risk and Impact SysteM). It is a structured system which enables us to focus our finite supervisory resources on high value, forward-looking, supervisory activity with a strong emphasis on the business models and governance of the most significant licensees in the Bailiwick. It requires our supervisors to challenge, to make judgements and to mitigate unacceptable risks – prudential, financial crime or conduct-related. PRISM helps us ensure that we anticipate and address problems before they become crises. However, it is not a panacea and there will still be licensee failures.