EBA puts forward preliminary proposals to improve the IRB regulatory framework

04 March 2015

The European Banking Authority (EBA) launched today a discussion paper on the regulatory measures needed to ensure a robust and clear framework for Internal Ratings Based (IRB) models. The discussion paper seeks stakeholders' feedback on both how to implement the necessary measures in a consistent way and how to bring forward future changes to the current approach. In addition, an overview of the regulatory measures that are under way is provided. The consultation runs until 5 May 2015.
The EBA work on IRB models will focus its work to improve the comparability of IRB models across institutions on three key areas: review of the IRB regulatory framework, supervisory consistency, which will include annual benchmarking exercises, and increased transparency based on standardised comparable templates. The Discussion paper details how these three strands of work will improve the IRB models, with a particular emphasis on the regulatory framework.
In order to improve the robustness of the current IRB approach and provide a higher degree of comparability across EU banks, a number of necessary regulatory changes have been identified by legislators and the EBA. The number of changes is however likely to result in a significant burden, especially in terms of approval and implementation. In order to ensure an orderly and efficient implementation of the necessary changes, the discussion paper provides clear prioritising and sequencing of the regulatory actions taken by the EBA in order to minimise the operational costs. 
In addition to the measures already identified by legislators and the EBA, which are aspects that can be remedied and improved within the current Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR), the EBA is of the opinion that a more fundamental review of the IRB framework should be considered in the longer term. This review will require legislative changes and will also need to be considered globally. The discussion paper touches on some important areas, where improvements can be sought.

Consultation process

Comments to this consultation can be sent to the EBA by clicking on the "send your comments" button on the consultation page. Please note that the deadline for the submission of comments is 5 May 2015.
A public hearing will take place at the EBA premises on 8 April 2015 from 10 to 12 UK time. All contributions received will be published following the end of the consultation, unless requested otherwise.