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The QFCRA Enforcement policy

The QFC Regulatory Authority’s Enforcement department is an important part of the QFC regulatory regime and plays a significant role in helping to achieve our objectives. 

Enforcement has a wide range of powers at its disposal which it uses strategically to prevent, detect and restrain conduct which may cause damage to the reputation or integrity of the QFC.

The enforcement strategy is targeted but flexible, and the QFC Regulatory Authority focuses its enforcement powers on those areas which pose the greatest risk to its objectives. This ensures that a proportionate response is taken to identified risk


In taking regulatory action, the Enforcement team is guided by the following principle

proportionalityacting decisivelyprocedural fairness and integritykeeping the QFC financial services community informedco-operation and mutual assistan

These principles form the basis of the policies, processes and procedures applied by the department and are more fully set out in the Enforcement Policy Statement 2012. This statement sets out our approach to enforcement and will be of assistance to those firms and individuals that are subject to enforcement action by the QFC Regulatory Authority. It also gives assurance that those affected by enforcement actions will be treated in a fair and consistent manner

Not all enforcement investigations lead to disciplinary action. However, where misconduct is identified and disciplinary action is appropriate, the QFC Regulatory Authority has a range of sanctions available – these include prohibition, withdrawal of approval or authorisation, public censure and the power to impose financial penalties. These sanctions are designed to allow us to deliver strong, visible outcomes.  

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