Introducing the new British Standard for Financial Services firms

BS 8453 – Compliance framework for financial services firms

14.00 -18.00, 8 March 2011, The Hatton, London

The financial services sector is a complex regulatory environment where staying ahead of the game and providing assurance both internally and to the regulator is vital. Continued regulatory breaches may have damaged the reputation of the industry but a recognized approach to managing compliance may help firms meet their obligations more easily and re-build confidence.

The new British Standard, BS 8453 Compliance Framework for Financial Services was developed to give financial services firms and their stakeholders a recognized framework for managing compliance programmes based on industry best practise.

To introduce the new standard, the British Standards Institution (BSI) will host a free launch event.

Attendees will hear:

  • why the standard has come about
  • how the standard helps regulated firms comply with regulation
  • insights into current and future regulations and how the standard fits
  • practical guidance on implementation (large and small firms).

The launch will end with a drinks reception giving attendees the opportunity to network with financial services compliance experts who developed the new standard.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011 at the Hatton, London, 14.00-18.00
The Hatton, London

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In a rigorous and fast moving regulatory environment, operating a ‘watertight’ compliance programme is increasingly important for providers of financial services. This undeniably requires time, resources and organizational buy-in. Failure to do so can be costly.

BSI has gathered expertise from leading industry bodies (including APCIMS, CISI and the APCC), compliance practitioners (including PwC, Thomson Reuters Governance Risk and Compliance) to create the best practice framework and benchmark for operating an effective compliance program.

Benefits of BS 8453 Compliance framework for financial services firms:

  • Meet regulatory obligations more easily
  • Lower compliance costs
  • Demonstrate that a consistent and auditable process has been followed

Read more and buy BS 8453. 

Who should use this standard?

All of those with compliance oversight roles or working within compliance departments of regulated financial services firms. The standard is applicable across the whole regulated sector: wholesale, retail and investment. Primarily:

  • Compliance Officers and Managers
  • Heads of Regulation and Compliance
  • Anti-money Laundering Reporting Officers
  • Senior management.


14.00 Registration and refreshments

14.30 Chairman’s Introduction: Development of BS 8453

  • Examining what is currently happening in the wider financial context: How does the Standard fit?
  • The rationale for each element of the Standard: Explaining the weighting and scope of each component
  • The business case for BS 8453: How can it benefit your organization?

Peter Haines, Managing Director, Peter Haines Compliance Consultancy Limited
Chairman, BS 8453 Financial Services Compliance Committee

15.00 BS 8453 as part of the wider BSI picture

  • Exploring the background to the Standard and the process of development
  • How this Standard fits with the existing portfolio of standards
  • Implementation and demonstrating compliance with the Standard
  • Examining how the Standard will keep pace with regulatory changes
  • Outlining the next steps for further development of the Standard

Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development, BSI Standards

15.15 How will BS 8453 fit into the changing regulatory landscape?

  • Reviewing how BS 8453 will complement existing regulation
  • What might the next two years hold for financial sector regulation?

15.30 Implementing BS 8453 – A practical overview

  • The potential application of the Standard in large firms
  • Examining how small firms can overcome resourcing issues to effectively implement the Standard


Julian Sampson, Director, Fulcrum Compliance Ltd
Chairman, CISI Compliance Professional Interest Forum

15.50 Afternoon refreshments

16.10 Interactive discussion forum

  • How can this Standard be translated into action in different organizational contexts?
  • Is there the potential to apply the Standard outside of the UK?
  • What benefits will the Standard bring for consumers?

Take the opportunity to put all of your questions about BS 8453, and its implications, to our panel of expert speakers in an extended Q&A-style panel discussion.

Chair: Peter Haines, Managing Director, Peter Haines Compliance Consultancy Limited
Chairman, BS 8453 Financial Services Compliance Committee
Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development, BSI Standards
Ian Cornwall, Consultant, Bovill
Stacey English, Head of Regulatory Intelligence, Thomson Reuters GRC
Julian Sampson, Director, Fulcrum Compliance Ltd
Chairman, CISI Compliance Professional Interest Forum

17.00 Drinks reception

Delegates are cordially invited to a complimentary drinks reception at the close of the conference to celebrate the publication of BS 8453.  The drinks reception is an ideal forum for networking opportunities and discussing the day’s findings.

18.00 Close of event

Please note timings are provided for guidance only and may be subject to change.

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BSI is renowned for producing high quality conferences, masterclasses and briefings across a wide range of industries. We combine the sector-specific insight of our research committees with the creativity and professionalism of our in-house conferences team to deliver timely and informative events of the highest calibre.

We understand that different companies have different marketing and business objectives - that’s why the sponsorship and exhibition opportunities we offer are truly bespoke and designed to meet your needs and expectations. If you would like to engage with high-level delegates and industry experts, whilst at the same time aligning your company with an award-winning brand, then we can create a package that ticks all of your boxes.

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