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The Handbook online is updated on a daily basis. We have included advanced tools to make it easier for you to access the information you need.

New features


  • Share a personal handbook – a tool that enables you to share any number of completed personal handbook(s) with any number of registered users on the site.
  • Create user notes in your personal handbook for your own reference and those you have shared your personal handbook with.

Access Handbook online.

Other features

Other features include, 'time travel' to past and future consolidated versions of the Handbook, 'email alerts' on Handbook and related material, and selection of a favourite handbook.

Further information is available in the user guide.

Handbook Online content includes the following:

  • Full handbook sets out all the FSA's rules made under powers given to the FSA by FSMA 2000, and are entirely binding. Legal instruments remain the definitive version;

  • Personal handbooks provide a tool that enables users to build, manage and identify relevant rules and guidance for their specific permissions. Reasonable reliance on a requirement not being in a Personal handbook will not result in disciplinary action provided you follow the published instructions;

  • Tailored handbooks set out the relevant rules and guidance for selected industry sectors. Reasonable reliance on a requirement not being in a Tailored handbook will not result in disciplinary action provided you follow the published instructions;

  • Focus On handbooks relay a summary of rules in areas of particular interests to firms that are entirely binding if relevant to your firm;

  • Regulatory guides provide particular regulatory topics in the Handbook, as set out in the introduction to each guide;

  • Handbook guides provide an overview of the relevant Handbook rules for particular kinds of firms. You cannot use a Handbook guide to counter a charge of breaking our rules, which take precedence. It is not formal guidance.