On September 3, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) published a press release in connection with its September 7 launch of a new and updated version of the UK Financial Services Register (the “Register”).

The release states that the aim of the new Register is to make it easier to find information on firms, individuals and other bodies that are, or have been, regulated by the FCA or the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA).

The Register now has a single search field to help users find a regulated firm, individual or collective investment scheme (i.e., a regulated fund) by looking up its name, reference number or postcode. Users can also now search for certain investment exchanges. Results can be filtered and, for the first time, will show whether the firm is covered by the UK Financial Ombudsman Service, the Financial Services Compensation Scheme or if they are a consumer credit firm with interim authorization (the latter previously were subject to a separate register search function).

The UK registers of mutual societies and regulated covered bonds have not been included in the updated Register, and will continue to be available from their existing register websites.

The press release is available here.

The UK Financial Services Register is available here.

The mutual societies register is available here.

The UK regulated covered bonds register is available here.