- What is a regulatory sandbox?
A regulatory sandbox is a controlled environment where businesses can live test their innovative financial products, services, business models, and delivery mechanisms while being closely monitored by regulators.
- What is the purpose of a regulatory sandbox?
A sandbox allows regulators to gain a better understanding of the product or service and to determine what, if any, regulation is necessary to protect consumers and the financial system.
For businesses, a sandbox presents an opportunity for them to test the viability of their product or service on a small scale, and allows them to detect and address any issues before the product or service is offered to a wider audience.
- How does the sandbox work?
Businesses offer their innovative products and services to the public on a small-scale basis, while being closely monitored by regulators. Regulators keep track of the activity and determine whether the product or service is viable as well as if and how it should be regulated.
- What are the benefits of participating in the Regulatory Sandbox?
Being in the sandbox allows businesses to discover and address any regulatory concerns early in the life of the product or service, thereby avoiding the possibility of major regulatory issues being discovered after the product or service has been offered on a wider scale.
- What types of businesses are eligible to participate in the Regulatory Sandbox?
To be eligible to participate in the Regulatory Sandbox, the product or service being offered by the business:
- Represents a genuine financial innovation;
- Uses technologies that are as yet unproven and whose failure would give rise to risks to consumers or financial stability;
- As a result of new technologies or practices, creates ambiguity as to the appropriate regulatory regime for the product or service;
- Has been subject to adequate and appropriate functionality and risk assessments.
- Is there a cost associated with entering the Regulatory Sandbox?
Yes. Businesses hoping to participate in the Regulatory Sandbox are required to pay the applicable fees, which will be used to cover regulatory and administrative costs.
- How do I apply to enter the Regulatory Sandbox?
The application process includes two major steps. The business must:
- Pay a fee, which will be used to cover the associated regulatory and administrative costs.
- How long does participation in the Regulatory Sandbox last?
The duration of a business’ participation in the Regulatory Sandbox will be determined by a Regulatory Review Panel (RRP) based on the nature and complexity of the product or service.
Based on issues or concerns that emerge during testing, the RRP may extend the time beyond what was originally anticipated. A business can also request to have the time extended.
- What happens on completion of the Regulatory Sandbox?
Once a business has successfully completed testing in the sandbox, the RRP will issue a report that outlines how the product or service performed during its participation in the Regulatory Sandbox.
- Any new regulatory issues that were identified during testing and whether satisfactorily addressed.
- Where the RRP has determined that the product or service falls within the scope of existing legislation, the entity should make a formal application for a licence under that legislation.
- Where a product or service does not fall within the scope of existing legislation, and should be regulated, the CBB and/or FSC will be responsible for ensuring that appropriate regulatory framework is developed.
- A detailed explanation, where the RRP has recommended that the product or service should not be licensed.