The FCA has reminded businesses which carry out cryptoasset activity in the UK, that they need register with it to comply with new regulations. Firms authorised or registered under FSMA 2000, the Electronic Money Regulations 2011 or the Payment Services Regulations 2017 but undertaking cryptoasset activity subject to the Money Laundering Regulations 2017 will also be required to apply for registration.
To ensure that applications are processed on time the FCA requires firms to submit completed applications for registration by 30 June 2020. The FCA became the anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CTF) supervisor of businesses carrying out certain cryptoasset activities in the UK on 10 January 2020. Any businesses that started carrying on business in the UK immediately before 10 January 2020 and are not registered by the FCA by the 10 January 2021 deadline will have to cease carrying on business. The 30 June date allows the FCA to review submitted applications and raise any follow-up questions with firms, with enough time for that process to be completed before 10 January 2021. Any new businesses which began operating after 10 January 2020 must be registered with the FCA before carrying out any business.