About the FSMA

The Financial Services and Markets Authority strives to ensure the honest and equitable treatment of financial consumers and the integrity of the financial markets.

The various players in the Belgian financial sector are under permanent supervision, for different aspects of their business, in order to secure confidence in the financial markets and to see to it that investors and financial consumers are treated honestly, fairly and professionally.

The supervision is organised according to the “Twin Peaks” model, with two autonomous supervisors, namely the National Bank of Belgium and the Financial Services and Markets Authority(abbreviated FSMA), each of which has a specific set of objectives.

The FSMA is responsible for supervising the financial markets and the information disseminated by companies, certain categories of financial service providers and intermediaries, compliance by financial intermediaries with conduct of business rules, the marketing of financial products to the general public, and supplementary pensions. The Belgian government has also tasked the FSMA with contributing to the financial education of savers and investors.

Please consult the introductory brochure for a brief overview of the FSMA, its powers and its organisation.