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The Committee on Payments and Market Infrastructures (CPMI) and the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) have published a report looking into business continuity planning within financial market infrastructures (FMIs).

The report finds that all FMIs surveyed for the report have operational reliability objectives, focussing on system availability and recovery time. FMIs reportedly review their business continuity plans at least annually and test them regularly. However, the report also found that some FMIs do not fully meet expectations with respect to recovery from operational incidents, such as natural disasters or IT systems outage. In particular, the business continuity management of some, and potentially many, FMIs do not seem to aim to resume operations in a timely way, including in the event of a widescale or major disruption. This is a serious area of concern and the CPMI and IOSCO expect the relevant FMIs and their supervisors to address this as a matter of the highest priority.

The review was part of regular monitoring of the implementation of the PFMI, which sets international standards for payment, clearing and settlement systems. These standards are designed to ensure that the infrastructure supporting global financial markets is robust and well placed to withstand financial shocks. The latest assessment report, ‘Implementation monitoring of PFMI: Level 3 assessment of FMIs’ business continuity planning’ covers 38 FMIs from 29 jurisdictions.

Although the survey of FMIs for the report was carried out before the COVID-19 pandemic, all FMIs said their business continuity plans included a pandemic scenario. To complement this information, the report includes a high-level summary of FMIs’ actual responses to COVID-19 in some member jurisdictions. The summary outlines that overall, FMIs have not experienced service disruptions during the pandemic.

Read the report (PDF).

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