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23/10/2020 ESMA70-151-3076 Consultation Paper on Guidelines under Article 21 of EMIR Consultation Paper PDF
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23/10/2020 ESMA70-151-3023 Consultation Paper on Article 15 and 49 EMIR Consultation Paper PDF
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09/07/2020 ESMA70-151-3192 Letter to EC re EMIR 2.2 Delegated Acts on tiering criteria, comparable compliance and fees for third-country CCPs , Letter PDF
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13/05/2020 ESMA80-189-6982 EU CLO credit ratings – an overview of Credit Rating Agencies practices and challenges , Final Report PDF
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31/03/2020 ESMA43-370-103 Final report on TA on EMIR 2.2 CCP fines , , , Final Report PDF
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30/03/2020 ESMA70-151-2919 Final Report EMIR RTS on Colleges for CCPs , , Final Report PDF
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30/03/2020 ESMA33-5-829 Call for evidence on access and use of ratings Consultation Paper PDF
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05/12/2019 ESMA33-9-355 Guidelines on Internal Controls for CRAs Consultation Paper PDF
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18/07/2019 ESMA33-9-320 Final Report Guidelines on Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Credit Rating Agencies Final Report PDF
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05/02/2019 ESMA 33-9-295 Final Report Guidelines on the Submission of Periodic Information to ESMA by Credit Rating Agencies Final Report PDF
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19/12/2018 ESMA 33-9-290 Consulation Paper on Disclosure Requirements Applicable to Credit Ratings Consultation Paper PDF
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19/07/2018 ESMA 33-9-252 Consulation Paper on Revised Guidelines on Periodic Reporting by CRAs Consultation Paper PDF
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18/07/2018 ESMA33-9-246 Final report on Supplementary Guidelines on Endorsement Final Report PDF
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27/03/2018 ESMA33-9-235 Consultation paper- Draft Guidelines on “as stringent as” notion in the CRA Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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05/03/2018 ESMA70-145-386 Technical Advice on the evaluation of certain elements of the Short Selling Regulation Final Report PDF
1.72 MB
17/11/2017 ESMA33-9-207 Technical Advice on CRA Regulatory Equivalence- CRA 3 Update Final Report PDF
1.51 MB
17/11/2017 ESMA33-9-205 Final Report on the application of the CRA endorsement regime Final Report PDF
1.02 MB
07/07/2017 ESMA70-145-127 Consultation paper on the evaluation of the short-selling regulation , Consultation Paper PDF
1.46 MB
04/04/2017 33-5-94 Response Form CRA Endorsement Guidelines Consultation Paper DOCX
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04/04/2017 33-9-149 Update of the guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime under Article 4(3) of the Credit Rating Agencies Regulation Consultation Paper PDF
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Endorsement is one of two regimes provided in the CRA Regulation that allow credit ratings issued in a third country to be used for regulatory purposes in the EU – the other being equivalence/certification. Article 21(3) of the CRA Regulation requires ESMA to issue and update guidelines on the application of the endorsement regime specified under Article 4(3) of the same Regulation. This Consultation Paper proposes to update the previously issued 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement.
The proposed update of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement is mainly driven by the need to reflect the changes to Articles 6-12 and Annex I introduced by CRA 3, which will enter into force for the purposes of equivalence and endorsement on 1 June 2018. On that basis, ESMA has to update the Methodological Framework on which ESMA relies for assessing a third-country legal and supervisory framework for the purposes of endorsement and equivalence. This Methodological Framework is provided in Annex II of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement. By 1 June 2018, ESMA should also have completed a reassessment of all the previously assessed third-country legal and regulatory frameworks against the new requirements based on the updated Methodological Framework (provided in Annex III).


ESMA has taken this opportunity to reassess its approach to endorsement more broadly, based on the supervisory experience acquired since the adoption of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement. The proposed changes and clarification of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement focus in particular on ESMA’s understanding of points (b), (c), (d), and (e) of Article 4(3) of the CRA Regulation.
Furthermore, some parts of the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement relate to the establishment of ESMA, the initial registration of CRAs and various transitional arrangements. The proposed updated Guidelines on Endorsement do not include these parts, as they are no longer relevant. Finally, some information in the 2011 Guidelines on Endorsement was not addressed to market participants but referred to ESMA’s internal processes. This information has also been excluded from the proposed updated guidelines on Endorsement, but is, for context, summarised in Section 4 of this Consultation Paper.