Explainer - Why is it important to deal with an authorised financial service provider?

Authorised firms

Only firms authorised by the Central Bank of Ireland or a corresponding regulator in another EEA Member State can provide regulated financial services in Ireland.

If you engage with an unauthorised firm you lose the protections of regulation, and you can lose access to important protections designed to look after you if things go wrong.

For example, you can lose access to:

How to check a firm is authorised

You can find out if a firm is authorised by checking our Register of Authorised Firms.

The Register tells you if a firm that you are using, or planning to use, has been authorised to do business in Ireland.

A list of search tips is available on our website to help you search the Register effectively.

You can also contact +353 (0)1 224 4000 to check if a firm is authorised.

In certain cases, we publish a warning notice if a firm has been providing financial services without the appropriate authorisation.

A list of unauthorised firms that we have published warnings on is available on our website.

Reporting an unauthorised firm

If a firm or individual contacts you and you believe they are providing services without the appropriate authorisation, let us know by calling +353 (0)1 224 4000.

You can also submit your query online.

See also: Unauthorised firms