The FSA is to run a series of workshops around the UK aimed at helping firms prepare for the start of mortgage regulation in October 2004 and general insurance regulation in January 2005.
The workshops will cover preparing for authorisation from January to July and separate introductions to the FSA for mortgage and general insurance intermediaries and for firms selling insurance as an ancillary activity from February to April.
From April to June, the programme will cover conduct of business requirements for mortgage intermediaries and mortgage lenders, with conduct of business for intermediaries selling general insurance and pure protection contracts covered from May to July.
A spring update conference – Training and Competence, A New Era – will take place on April 2, with a keynote address from FSA director high-street firms division Sarah Wilson.
The conference will look at mortgage and general insurance regulation, and revisit topics such as senior management responsibility, as well as giving a flavour of the responses to CP194 which closed on November 30.
Further details are available on the FSA's website fsa.gov.uk.