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European Benchmark Regulation


The European Regulation on indexes used as benchmarks in financial instruments and financial contracts or to measure the performance of investment funds (the EU BMR) will apply from 1 January 2018.

The EU BMR introduces a common framework to ensure the accuracy and integrity of indexes used as benchmarks in the European Union.  The EU BMR applies to the:

  • provision of benchmarks
  • contribution of input data to a benchmark
  • use of a benchmark within the European Union

Under the EU BMR, only the following types of benchmarks may be used by supervised entities within the European Union:

  • Benchmarks that are provided by EU based administrators who have been granted authorisation or registration under the EU BMR and who are identified on the register to be maintained by the European Securities and Markets Association (ESMA)
  • Benchmarks that have been entered onto the ESMA register which are provided by third country administrators who have either:
    • satisfied the requirements for equivalence, or
    • acquired recognition under the EU BMR, or
    • successfully sought endorsement from an EU authorised or registered administrator or other supervised entity for specific benchmarks.

Supporting clients

FTSE Russell fully supports the focus of the EU BMR and has been deeply involved in contributing to the formation of the EU BMR and is committed to ensuring compliance of its relevant benchmarks with the EU BMR.

Over the coming months we will continue to engage with our clients to support them through the change, and provide them with further information on the implications of the regulation to benchmark users. Following completion of the acquisition of the specified Citi indexes by London Stock Exchange Group (see announcement), FTSE Russell is responsible for the compliance of those indexes with the EU BMR in the same way as the existing FTSE Russell indexes. If you have any queries regarding the scope of the regulation please contact us using the form to the right and we will be happy to help.