FCA, SMCR & Financial

FCA Standard Explained

There are many positions which require specific background checks to be completed, especially in the financial sector. Handling money, accounts, and data in the role makes screening a compulsory process for recruitment. However, this does not need to be a hassle. This is where we come in.

Our specialist FCA screenings are suitable for financial companies regulated by the FCA (Financial Conduct Authority) and PRA (Prudential Regulation Authority). Regulated employees must be fit and proper for the role they perform, therefore our screenings obey the FCA criteria verifying the competence, capability, honesty, integrity, reputation and financial soundness of the applicants.

Since December 2019, the FCA Approved Persons scheme has been replaced by the SMCR (Senior Managers Certification Regime).

Our screenings have been audited by the FCA and there has been no negative feedback.

They are satisfied our screenings meet their criteria, with the basic packages meeting the minimum requirements and the premium packages satisfying the large-risk appetite.

Our screenings have exposed conflicts of interest between the candidates and our clients resulting in the job offer being withdrawn - our process works to keep companies safe.

Find out which SMCR standard is right for you:

Other Standards

Baseline Personnel Security Standard

Checks for civil servants, armed forces, temporary staff and government contractors

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PCI Compliance

Ensuring the protection of customers’ personal and payment card details.

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BS7858 (2019)

Screening for individuals working within a security environment.

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Why us?


No sign up or ongoing costs


Fast turnaround time of 15 days


References chased automatically and by real people


Each screening is vetted by 3 separate pairs of eyes


Unique user-friendly software


Transparent candidate tracking system


First class customer service


Screening certificate and report available to download when completed

Get in touch

Get in touch today to let us know how we can help fulfill your employee screening requirements both quickly and thoroughly. We offer free demonstrations of our software, so you can see exactly how we could help you before you commit. If this interests you, let us know and we can arrange a demonstration for whenever suits you.