With the sandbox environment becoming permanently operational, businesses in financial services and beyond will be able to access an extensive library of datasets and application programming interfaces (APIs), for the purpose of testing and validating solutions.
Over 200 synthetic, public or anonymised datasets, as well as upwards of 1,000 APIs will be made available to firms wanting to test solutions for capability and regulatory compliance.
Additionally, participants can keep data assets protected by making use of the sandbox’s integrated development environment.
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According to Dr Henry Balani, global head of industry and regulatory affairs at Encompass Corporation, “the Digital Sandbox from the FCA represents a positive step when it comes to supporting innovation, and particularly for regtech providers striving to deliver technology solutions that can bring significant business benefits.
“Crucially, this approach positively supports the development and testing of financial products in a safe, robust and non-market disruptive manner, where lessons can be learned.
“Regtech has an increasingly important role to play, with financial institutions looking to balance responding to an evolving and stringent regulatory landscape with maximising operations, which means facilitating the development of solutions that can support these institutions is vital. “
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Assessments and focuses
Assessments will be made by the UK financial services regulator on whether innovation is in scope; is genuinely aiming to fill a gap in the market; readiness; support needs; and possible customer benefits.
Regulators, incumbents and other interested parties, meanwhile, will have a virtual observation deck at their disposal, allowing them to keep tabs on in-flight testing at a technical level.
The following focus themes have been announced by the FCA, which applicants can choose from:
- wholesale buy-side
- wholesale sell-side
Businesses looking to apply for participation in the FCA Digital Sandbox can do so from the 1st August, here.
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