Legislation and Guidance

This page provides links to relevant laws, regulations, instructions, rules, codes, guidance, and other documents. It should be noted that, whilst the Commission has taken all reasonable steps to ensure that the information shown on this website is accurate, the Commission does not accept any responsibility for errors made. Where possible, links have been provided to the relevant page of the Guernsey Legal Resources ("GLR") website reflecting up-to-date consolidated versions of laws and regulations. Original versions can also be found on the GLR website. Please note, the Commission cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites.

The following relevant legislation is posted and reproduced with the consent of the States of Guernsey.



Companies (Incorporated Cell Companies) (Prescribed Classes) Regulations, 2021 225.6KB -
Criminal Justice (Proceeds of Crime) (Financial Services Businesses) (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2007 (Consolidated as at 2013) 466.1KB -
The Financial Services Commission (Fees and Administrative Penalties) Regulations, 2023 (Consolidated) 549.5KB -
Investor Protection (Designated Countries and Territories) Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations, 2017 230.5KB -
Terrorism and Crime (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Regulations 2007 (Consolidated text) 343.2KB -


Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 01) 57.9KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 02) 47KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 03) 55.7KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 04) 55.9KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 05) 17.2KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 06) 50.2KB -
Financial Services Businesses Instruction (Number 14) Business from Sensitive Sources - Iran 55.9KB -
Instruction Number 04/2017 for Financial Services Businesses 271.7KB -
Instruction Number 04/2017 for Prescribed Businesses 271.5KB -
Instruction Number 03/2017 for Financial Services Businesses 268KB -
Instruction Number 03/2017 for Prescribed Businesses 267.8KB -
Instruction Number 02/2017 for Financial Services Businesses 269.1KB -
Instruction Number 02/2017 for Prescribed Businesses 268.9KB -
Instruction Number 01/2017 for Financial Services Businesses 367.3KB -
Instruction Number 01/2017 for Prescribed Businesses 367.1KB -
Instruction Number 04/2019 for Specified Businesses 154.8KB -
Instructions and Notices - Record of Changes 396.8KB -
Prescribed Businesses Instruction (Number 01) 53.9KB -
Prescribed Businesses Instruction (Number 02) Suspicion Reports 49.1KB -
Prescribed Businesses Instruction (Number 03) 52.7KB -
Prescribed Businesses Instruction (Number 04) 17.4KB -
Prescribed Businesses Instruction (Number 12) Business from Sensitive Sources - Iran 56KB -


Authorised Collective Investment Schemes (Class A) Rules 2008 1.7MB -
Collective Investment Schemes (Class A) Rules 2002 900.5KB -
Collective Investment Schemes (Compensation of Investors) Rules 1988 58.7KB -
Consolidated Natural Capital Fund Rules and Guidance, 2022 377.7KB -
Cyber Security Rules and Guidance, 2021 1.1MB -
Fiduciary Rules and Guidance, 2021 (consolidated text) 660.8KB -
Financial Crime Returns Rules, 2023 206.8KB -
Guernsey Green Fund Rules and Guidance, 2021 (consolidated text) 481.1KB -
Investment Exchange (Notification) Rules 1998 34.1KB -
Lending, Credit and Finance Rules and Guidance, 2023 817.8KB -
Licensees (Capital Adequacy) Rules and Guidance, 2021 (consolidated text) 402.2KB -
Licensees (Conduct of Business) Rules and Guidance, 2021 (consolidated text) 665.6KB -
Pension Scheme and Gratuity Scheme Rules and Guidance, 2021 501.6KB -
Private Investment Fund Rules and Guidance (2), 2021 342.1KB -
The Insurance Intermediaries Rules and Guidance, 2021 610.7KB -
The Insurance Managers Rules and Guidance, 2021 398.4KB -


AGB Code of Conduct for Deposit Advertisements August 2012 820.7KB -
Code of Practice for Insurance Intermediary Applicants and Licensees Conducting Business from within the Bailiwick of Guernsey 13.6KB -
Principles of Conduct of Finance Business 72.5KB -
Code of Conduct for Authorised Insurance Representatives 338.5KB -
Code of Conduct for Financial Advisers 206.5KB -
Code of Market Conduct 255.5KB -
Code of Practice for Banks 151.1KB -
Code of Practice for Branch Operations 93.6KB -
Finance Sector Code of Corporate Governance 334.5KB -
Principles for the Management of Credit Risk 81.6KB -


AML/CFT/CPF Guidance for DRR 332.9KB -
Unregistered 'upto6' director AML/CFT/CPF Guidance 332.6KB -
Applications and Notifications in respect of Manager-Led Product 157KB -
Approved Qualifications - Lending Credit & Finance Rules, 2023 34.8KB -
Article 36 of AIFMD - Depositary Requirements Guidance Notes 328.9KB -
Change of Designated Person Guidance 118.5KB -
Custodians of Open-Ended Collective Investment Schemes with Indirectly Held Assets - Guidance Note 375.6KB -
Cyber Security Self-Assessment Helpsheet – November 2019 275.2KB -
Egmont Financial Analysis Cases 2011-2013 6MB -
Explanatory notes for completion of Form 141a and b 125.3KB -
Explanatory note regarding the surrender of the authorisation or registration of a collective investment scheme 115.3KB -
FAQ on Annual Fees 149.8KB -
Feedback on AML/CFT on-site visits 137.7KB -
Financial Crime Risk Intermediary AR Spreadsheet 0.9MB -
Financial Crime Risk Intermediary Return – Guidance 514.2KB -
Fit and Proper Persons - Meeting the Criteria 159KB -
Form 143 - Explanatory Note re Investor Location 486.6KB -
Guidance for Authorised and Registered Collective Investment Schemes on Measures to Counter the Risk of Greenwashing 187.3KB -
Guidance in Respect of Fast Track Application Process 172.9KB -
Guidance in respect of requesting disclosure derogation under FRS 103 186.6KB -
Guidance Note for International Life and Pensions Insurers 104.8KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Catergory 6 - Non-Special Purpose Insurers 128.6KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Change of Majority Shareholder Controller 361.4KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Outsourcing 130.6KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Reinsurance and Other Forms of Risk Transfer 110.9KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Resilience Testing 95.2KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on the Completion and Submission of Annual Returns 181.7KB -
Guidance Note for Licensed Insurers on Unit Linked Pricing 22.1KB -
Guidance Note June 2014 521.9KB -
Guidance Note on Actuarial Requirements and Standards 93KB -
Guidance Note on Actuarial Valuations 214.2KB -
Guidance Note on Bank Auditors’ Reports on Guernsey Financial Services Commission Returns Used for Prudential Purposes 179.7KB -
Guidance Note on Insurance Fraud 152.8KB -
Guidance Note on Internal Models 134.5KB -
Guidance Note on Licensed Insurers' Own Solvency Assessment 159.4KB -
Guidance Note on Notifications to the Commission 115.2KB -
Guidance Note on Producer Owned (Re)Insurance Companies 11KB -
Guidance Note on Special Purpose Insurers 144.8KB -
Guidance Note on Supervisory Ladder of Intervention 304.9KB -
Guidance Note on the Independence of Managers and Trustees of Class A Collective Investment Schemes 85.9KB -
Guidance Note on the Outsourcing of Functions by Entities Licensed Under The Protection of Investors (Bailiwick of Guernsey) Law, 2020 209.9KB -
Guidance Note on Training and Competency Schemes 147KB -
Guidance Notes For Completion Of Investment Audited Financial Statements and Compliance Returns (Licensee) - FORM 142 158.9KB -
Guidance on Disclosure under the AIR Code 84.8KB -
Guidance on Liquidity Risk Management 274KB -
Guidance on Registered Collective Investment Schemes 166.2KB -
Hedge Fund Flexible Approach to Authorisation Policy 99KB -
Legal Risk Guidance Note for Banks 94.6KB -
Managed trust company relationships 86.4KB -
Note on Company Formation 132KB -
Notice of Disapplication of Licensing Requirement (Exemptions) 373.4KB -
Notice of Modification of the Licensees (Capital Adequacy) Rules, 2021 90.3KB -
Notice regarding the suspension of the authorisation and registration of funds 104.5KB -
Outsourcing Risk Guidance Note for Banks 212.6KB -
Pillar 2 Add-on Guidance 470.6KB -
Pillar 2 Working Sheet 25.2KB -
Policy Statement on Insurance Group Supervision 102.4KB -
Pricing controls in respect of Open Ended Collective Investment Schemes 199.8KB -
Principles of Conduct of Derivatives Business 65.2KB -
Private Investment Fund (PIF) Guidance 174.2KB -
Private Trust Company Guidance 191.8KB -
Provision of Registered Office Services by Unregulated Persons 120.6KB -
Qualifying Investor Funds (QIF) Guidance Note 149.5KB -
Recognised Investment Exchanges and the Commission’s Position in Respect of the United Kingdom 110.9KB -
Risk-based Supervision in Guernsey 376KB -
Standard on the Regulation of Trust and Corporate Service Providers 516KB -
Statement of Policy on Interviews (June 2022) 794.2KB -

Thematic Reviews

Governance, Risk and Compliance Controls to Counter Financial Crime - Estate Agency, Legal and Accountancy Services 591.2KB -
Managing the risk posed by Politically Exposed Persons 397.9KB -
Thematic Review of Unclaimed Client Money of Collective Investment Schemes 545.7KB -
ML and TF Business Risk Assessments 535.3KB -
The Pension Transfer Landscape 1.4MB -
Sanctions 616.9KB -
Reinsurance and Other Forms of Risk Transfer 435.9KB -
Reporting Suspicion 595.4KB -
The Guernsey Green Fund Regime 763KB -
Source of Funds/Source of Wealth in the Private Wealth Management sector 1.4MB -
Insurer Cash Management and Control of Funds 870.8KB -
Beneficial Ownership of Guernsey and Alderney Legal Persons 875.7KB -
General Insurance - Are Customers Treated Fairly? 1.3MB -
Insurer Annual Returns 796.5KB -
Financial Crime Governance, Risk and Compliance - Trust and Corporate Service Providers 1.5MB -
Pension Arrangements in the Bailiwick 287.9KB -
Financial Crime Governance, Risk and Compliance – Fund Managers & Fund Administrators 829KB -
Investment and Long-term Insurance Sales Practice 2017 1.1MB -
Client Money - Fiduciary 204.3KB -
AML/CFT and Financial Crime Training 1MB -
Alternative Custody Arrangements of Open Ended Collective Investment Schemes 416.7KB -
Fiduciary Decision Making in Respect of Assets Under Trust 319.7KB -
Sales of General Insurance Add-on Products 198.6KB -
Insurance Managers' Client Take-on Procedures 277.6KB -
Investment and Long-term Insurance Sales Practice 2014 51.3KB -
Data Security - A Thematic Report on Practices within the Fiduciary Sector 565.9KB -
Managing Outsourcing Risk - Practices within the Banking Sector 10.5MB -
Outsourcing in the Banking Sector 155.4KB -
Business Continuity Planning and Disaster Recovery Management in the Banking Sector 213.7KB -

FATF Guidance

2020 March - Guidance on Digital ID 3.4MB -
2020 May - COVID-19-related Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing 1.7MB -
2019 October - Best Practices Beneficial Ownership Legal Persons 2.9MB -
2019 July - Terrorist Financing Risk Assessment Guidance 3.9MB -
2019 June - Risk Based Approach Trust and Company Service Providers 1.8MB -
2019 June - Risk Based Approach to Virtual Assets and Virtual Asset Service Providers 2MB -
2019 June - Risk Based Approach Legal Professionals 2.1MB -
2019 June - Risk Based Approach Accounting Profession 1MB -
2018 October - Risk Based Approach Securities Sector 3.1MB -
2018 October - Risk Based Approach Life Insurance 3.1MB -
2018 July - FATF Egmont Concealment beneficial ownership 2.7MB -
2016 February - Risk Based Approach for Money Value Transfer Services 3.3MB -
2015 June - Risk Based Approach to Virtual Currencies 607.1KB -
2014 October - Risk Based Approach Banking Sector 1.4MB -
2014 June - Risk of terrorist abuse in non-profit organisations 1.9MB -
2013 June - Risk Based Approach to Prepaid Cards Mobile Payments and Internet-Based Payment Services 1.1MB -
2013 June - ML and TF vulnerabilities legal professionals 1.3MB -
2012 July - Specific Risk Factors in the Laundering of Proceeds of Corruption 1.3MB -