Recovering the costs of the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money-laundering Supervision (OPBAS): further consultation on fees structure

FCA feed back on the outcome of the consultation conducted in October 2018 (CP18/32) on the variable fee charged to professional body supervisors (PBSs) in 2018/19 to recover the costs of establishing and running the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS). FCA are also consulting on removing the minimum fee threshold from our fees model.

ACCA welcomes the opportunity to respond to this consultation. We are grateful that the FCA has recognised many of ACCA’s views in paragraph 2.18 of the consultation paper.

We believe that the arguments retained in favour of the ‘minimum fee structure’ have been overplayed, and there is no reasonable and fair justification for capping the OPBAS fees for all those Professional Body Supervisors (PBSs) with fewer than 6,000 beneficial owners, officers and managers (BOOMs).

To read in full, please download the consultation response.