Requirements and Guidance for MiFID Firms 

Books & Records Requirements

The Central Bank has drawn up a list of the minimum records that MiFID Investment Firms are required to keep. (This list does not extend to record keeping requirements arising from other legislation.) The list of minimum records is non-exhaustive and should not be understood as a limitation of the scope of the records that might have to be maintained to ensure compliance with MiFID.

View the Books & Records Requirements


Client Asset Regulations

These regulations set out the rights, duties and responsibilities of a firm in relation to client money and client financial instruments received and held by it arising from its investment business activities. A MiFID Investment Firm must firstly be authorised by the Central Bank to hold assets belonging to its clients. Where a firm is authorised to hold client assets, it must do so in accordance with the Client Asset Regulations and it is required to have its external auditors assess, at least on an annual basis, its compliance with these regulations. 

View the Client Asset Regulations

For further information view Client Assets and Investor Money  

Guidance related to MiFID firms

The Central Bank has issued guidance on a number of topics to assist users of the Central Bank (Supervision and Enforcement) Act 2013 (Section 48(1)) (Investment Firms) Regulations 2017 ("the Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations"), listed below.


The list of topics is as follows:

Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations Q&A

The Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations Q&A sets out answers to queries likely to arise in relation to the Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations. It is published in order to assist in limiting uncertainty. It is not relevant to assessing compliance with regulatory requirements. You should check the website from time to time in relation to any matter of importance to you to see if the position has altered.

On the 13 March 2017, the Central Bank published the first edition of the Central Bank Investment Firms Regulations Q&A.

Capital Requirements Directive

MiFID Investment Firms are required to calculate their capital requirements in accordance with the criteria outlined in the Capital Requirements Regulations. Firms are required to hold the minimum level of capital as calculated under the Regulations at all times and are required to submit capital returns to the Central Bank on a periodic basis. 

Firms are also required under the Regulations to initiate the Internal Capital Adequacy Assessment Process. This process requires firms to assess the risks posed by their business, to assess the mitigants in place and to determine an appropriate level of capital for those risks.  It is the responsibility of each firm to design and operate their own process.  The Central Bank through its Supervisory Review and Evaluation Process will undertake an assessment of the firm’s internal process and this review will be proportionate to the nature, scale and complexity of the activities of the firm.

The Minister for Finance, Mr Michael Noonan T.D. signed into Irish law on 31 March 2014 two regulations which together give effect to CRDIV.  The European Union (Capital Requirements) Regulations 2014 gives effect to the Capital Requirements Directive (Directive 2013/36/EU) and the European Union (Capital Requirements) (No. 2) Regulations 2014 provides for a number of technical requirements in order that the CRR can operate effectively in Irish law.

The Central Bank will finalise the Implementation Notice on foot of these Regulations by mid-May.  This updated Implementation Notice will set out the Central Bank of Ireland’s approach in relation to provisions contained within CRD IV and CRR, as transposed into Irish law,  where the competent authority (i.e. the supervisory authority) can or must exercise its discretion. The Implementation Notice will encompass competent authority discretions and options that may apply either specifically or generally to credit institutions and investment firms. This Implementation Notice will not include discretions and options retained by the Member State (i.e. the Minister for Finance) in CRD IV and CRR, except where it has been confirmed that these discretions are to be allocated to the Central Bank.


European Supervisory Authorities - Guidelines

Section 1.4 of the Central Bank's Regulatory Document Implementation of the CRD, issued in December 2006, requires MiFID Investment Firms subject to the CRD to ensure that their operations are consistent with the European Banking Authority (EBA) guidelines (previously the Committee of European Banking Supervisors or CEBS), unless otherwise instructed by the Central Bank.

MiFID Investment Firms should also ensure that their operations are consistent with guidelines issued by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), unless otherwise instructed by the Central Bank.

Please note that the following list of guidelines is not intended to be exhaustive and firms are advised to regularly review the EBA and ESMA websites for new and revised guidelines.

EBA Guidelines

ESMA Guidelines 

Themed Inspections

The following are letters issued by the Central Bank in relation to themed inspections conducted by the Central Bank on MiFID Investment Firms.    

Implementation of MiFID

A joint Central Bank and Industry Working Group was established to prepare for the implementation of MiFID. The Working Group issued the MiFID - Feedback on Discussions of Conduct of Business Industry Working Group in question and answer format, as a guide to the provisions of the MiFID regulations.


Consumer Protection

Other regulatory requirements which investment intermediaries must comply with in the area of consumer protection are set out below: