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FCA announces it is making improvements to the application process for authorisations

What has happened? 

In October 2023, the FCA announced that it is making improvements to the application process for authorisations and that the first form reviewed is Form A (Here).

What are the key points of the announcement?

This form is used for Senior Management Functions and Controlled Functions applications and is one of the longest and most used forms.

The FCA has now begun gradually rolling out the new Form A. This is intended to support quicker assessments and determinations.

When this process is complete, the FCA intends to make changes to other application forms. As a result, it plans to reduce the overall number of forms requested and make the application process more efficient.

The improved forms will have clearer signposting to help firms understand which fields are mandatory. 

How can we help? 

Thistle Initiatives has supported firms for over 10 years as a trusted compliance and regulatory advisor. In addition to assisting you as-and-when, our team of specialists can serve as your right hand in meeting and complying with FCA regulations. We understand the importance of staying up-to-date and compliant and are dedicated to providing the guidance and support needed to do so.

Are you looking for help with your FCA authorisation application? Contact our specialist team now to schedule a free consultation. Get in touch with us by calling 020 7436 0630 or sending an email to