Guidance on operational risk issued by the Basel Committee

30 June 2011

The Basel Committee on Banking Supervision today issued two papers on operational risk: Principles for the Sound Management of Operational Risk and Operational Risk - Supervisory Guidelines for the Advanced Measurement Approaches.

Principles for the Sound Management of Operational Risk, which was originally issued in 2003 as Sound Practices for the Management and Supervision of Operational Risk, highlights the evolution of operational risk management over this period. The principles outlined in the report are based on best industry practice and supervisory experience and cover three overarching themes: governance, risk management and disclosure.

The Committee also issued Operational Risk - Supervisory Guidelines for the Advanced Measurement Approaches. The regulatory capital adequacy framework envisages that, over time, the operational risk discipline will continue to mature and converge towards a narrower band of effective risk management and measurement practices. The guidance on advanced measurement approaches promotes improvement in this area by setting out supervisory guidelines relating to governance, data and modelling.

Consultative versions of each report were issued for public consultation in December 2010. The Committee appreciates the constructive comments received and thanks those who have taken the time and effort to express their views on the consultative documents.