Article L.612-1 of the French Monetary and Financial Code mandates the ACPR to ensure the “the stability of the financial system and protection of the clients, the insured, and the members and beneficiaries of the entities subject to its supervision” and the compliance of such persons with “the rules intended to protect their clients” as well as “the suitability of the means and procedures they implement for said purpose”.
In the banking and insurance sectors, customers often have much less knowledge than the professional: this is called “asymmetry of information”. The customer is not always able to properly assess the benefits, drawbacks and risks of a product. This can lead to commercial malpractices to the customer’s detriment.
This is the purpose of consumer protection and the duty of each professional to reduce this asymmetry of information so that any customer may be proposed products adapted to its needs and expectations, and may take an informed decision regarding a purchase or subscription. This is crucial to guarantee the public confidence in the financing sector.
The role of the ACPR is to promote fair behaviours and business practices, taking into accounts customers’ interests, limiting their risks and preventing the risks of conflict of interests to the customer’s detriment.
The question of the consumer protection and good business practices must be taken into account throughout the business process: from the creation of products and business tools, including digital interfaces, to the choice of partners, the marketing practices to the performance of the contract and complaints management. As regards the latter point, listening the customer, dealing with its request with due diligence, analysing complaints transversally are important elements in terms of business practices.
See the ACPR recommendation on complaints management
Updated on: 08/22/2017 15:40