The deadline for solo-regulated firms to have undertaken the first assessment of the fitness and propriety of their Certified Persons has been delayed from 9 December 2020 until 31 March 2021. This will be a relief for many FCA regulated firms who have been affected by the pandemic and will give them extra time to make necessary changes.  There will be similar temporary relaxations of certain other SMCR requirements, including the date the Conduct Rules come into force (also extended to 31 March 2021) .