ESAs publish amended technical standards on the mapping of External Credit Assessment Institutions

The Joint Committee of the three European Supervisory Authorities (EBA, EIOPA and ESMA – the ESAs) today published two amended Implementing Technical Standards (ITS) on the mapping of credit assessments of External Credit Assessment Institutions (ECAIs), in accordance with the Capital Requirements Regulation (CRR) and the Solvency II Directive (Solvency II). The amendments reflect the outcome of a monitoring exercise on the adequacy of existing mappings, and the deregistration of three credit rating agencies (CRAs).

In the amended ITS the ESAs are proposing to change the credit quality step (CQS) allocation for four ECAIs, and to introduce new or amended credit rating scales for seven ECAIs. Further, the amended ITS no longer contain mapping tables for the three ECAIs, whose licenses have been revoked since the previous amendment.

The ESAs have published individual draft mapping reports illustrating how the methodology was applied to produce the amended mappings in line with the CRR mandate.

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