As an independent authority, FINMA must act in the public interest. The majority of FINMA’s actions are documented clearly, rendering its decision-making transparent. FINMA’s Board of Directors has issued guidelines and policies on communication, enforcement and regulation.
Article 9 para. 1 let. i FINMASA states that FINMA’s Board of Directors is responsible for issuing "guidelines on information activities". FINMA’s communication policy establishes the framework for its communications with the public and is divided into two parts: communications on general supervisory and regulatory topics, and communications on individual companies and persons.
One of FINMA’s tasks is to enforce supervisory law using, where necessary, the coercive instruments provided. FINMA uses enforcement proceedings against supervised institutions in a targeted and risk-oriented manner. The principles governing these proceedings are set out in FINMA’s enforcement policy.
To ensure transparency of the regulation process and appropriate involvement of all stakeholders, FINMA has issued guidelines on financial market regulation. These guidelines stipulate that interested parties must be informed regularly and in good time about regulatory projects which are planned or pending. In addition, FINMA opens up draft regulations and explanatory reports for public consultation, giving all stakeholders the opportunity to express their views.