Implementation of the Basel standards

Full, timely and consistent adoption and implementation of Basel standards is critical to:

  • improve the resilience of the global banking system
  • promote confidence in prudential ratios
  • encourage a predictable and transparent regulatory environment for internationally active banks

The Basel Committee and its governing body, the Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision, have therefore set as a high priority the full and effective implementation of Basel standards within the globally agreed time frame. The Committee closely monitors and assesses three dimensions - timeliness, consistency and outcomes - on a regular basis.

RCAP: Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme

The Basel Committee established a comprehensive Regulatory Consistency Assessment Programme (RCAP) in 2012 to monitor and assess the adoption and implementation of its standards, while encouraging a predictable and transparent regulatory environment for internationally active banks.

RCAP: role, remit and methodologyRCAP: schedule and status of assessments

The RCAP consists of two distinct but complementary workstreams:

1. Monitoring

The transposition of Basel III regulatory standards into domestic regulations is monitored periodically based on information provided by each member jurisdiction.

2. Assessment

The Committee evaluates the consistency and completeness of the adopted standards, including the significance of any deviations from the Basel III regulatory framework. These consistency assessments are carried out on a jurisdictional and thematic basis:

  • Jurisdictional assessments (consistency) review the extent to which domestic regulations are aligned with the minimum Basel requirements agreed by the Committee and help identify material gaps in such regulations.
    • Follow-up assessments summarise actions taken or planned by members to address findings identified in jurisdictional assessments.
  • Thematic assessments (outcomes) examine the implementation of the Basel requirements at the individual bank level and seek to ensure that prudential ratios are calculated consistently by banks across jurisdictions to improve comparability across outcomes.

The Basel Committee is also involved in other activities related to the implementation of its standards, including quantitative impact studies and work related to global systemically important banks (G-SIBs).