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The Central Bank is the competent authority in Ireland for the authorisation of financial services firms. Authorisation is an important part of the overall supervisory framework.

The Central Bank is committed to providing a clear, open and transparent authorisation process while ensuring a rigorous assessment of the applicable regulatory standards. To support this, on a semi-annual basis, the Central Bank publishes a Regulatory Service Standards Performance Report. Read the most recent report below.

Regulatory Service Standards Performance Report H1 2023 | pdf 902 KB

These service standards are designed to inform stakeholders with regard to the length of time certain regulatory processes will take.

Who We Authorise

Learn about the authorisation/approval process for individual sectors.

Central Securities Depositories

Credit Serving Firms

Credit Institutions

Insurance / Reinsurance Undertakings

Retail Intermediaries, Money Lenders and Debt Management Firms

Payment Institutions , Electronic Money Institutions , Account Information Service Providers, Bureaux de Change and Money Transmission Businesses

Investment Funds and Fund Service Providers

Investment Firms

Regulated Disclosures - Prospectus Approval

Trust or Company Service Providers

Fitness and Probity PCF