The Group of Central Bank Governors and Heads of Supervision (GHOS) has endorsed a finalised prudential standard on banks’ cryptoasset exposures.
GHOS – the oversight body of the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision – endorsed the program and the Committee’s work programme and strategic priorities for 2023-24.
Unbacked cryptoassets and stablecoins with ineffective stabilisation mechanisms will be subject to a conservative prudential treatment. The standard will provide a robust and prudent global regulatory framework for internationally active banks’ exposures to cryptoassets that promotes responsible innovation while preserving financial stability.
GHOS members agreed to implement the standard by 1 January 2025 and tasked the Committee with monitoring the implementation and effects of the standard.
GHOS tasked the Committee with continuing to assess bank-related developments in cryptoasset markets, including the role of banks as stablecoin issuers, custodians of cryptoassets and broader potential channels of interconnections.
The Committee will continue to collaborate with other standard-setting bodies and the Financial Stability Board to ensure a consistent global regulatory treatment of stablecoins.
The GHOS also endorsed the strategic priorities and work programme of the Committee for 2023-24. In addition to pursuing a forward-looking approach to identifying and assessing emerging risks and vulnerabilities to the global banking system, the work programme places high priority on work related to the ongoing digitalisation of finance, climate-related financial risks and monitoring, implementing and evaluating the Basel III framework.
GHOS chair and Governor of the Bank of Canada Tiff Macklem said, “Today’s endorsement by the GHOS marks an important milestone in developing a global regulatory baseline for mitigating risks to banks from cryptoassets. It is important to continue to monitor bank-related developments in cryptoasset markets. We remain ready to act further if necessary.”
Pablo Hernández de Cos – chair of the Basel Committee and Governor of the Bank of Spain – added, “The Committee’s standard on cryptoasset is a further example of our commitment, willingness and ability to act in a globally coordinated way to mitigate emerging financial stability risks.
“The Committee’s work programme for 2023-24 endorsed by GHOS today seeks to further strengthen the regulation, supervision and practices of banks worldwide. In particular, it focuses on emerging risks, digitalisation, climate-related financial risks and monitoring and implementing Basel III.”
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