Federal Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Guidance for Credit Risk Review Systems

October 17, 2019

Federal Regulators Seek Comment on Proposed Guidance for Credit Risk Review Systems

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The FDIC, the Federal Reserve, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the National Credit Union Administration (the Agencies) are seeking comment on proposed guidance for credit risk review systems. The proposed guidance discusses sound management of credit risk, a system of independent and ongoing credit review, and appropriate communication regarding the performance of the institution’s loan portfolio to its management and board of directors. The proposed guidance updates, as a stand-alone document, the elements of an effective credit risk review system currently contained in the Interagency Policy Statement on the Allowance for Loan and Lease Losses (Attachment 1 – Loan Review Systems), issued in 2006.

Statement of Applicability to Institutions Under $1 Billion in Total Assets: This Financial Institution Letter applies to all FDIC-supervised institutions.


  • FDIC-supervised institutions should “Establish a system of independent, ongoing credit review and appropriate communication to management and to the board of directors.”1
  • The proposed guidance aligns with the Interagency Guidelines Establishing Standards for Safety and Soundness for insured depository institutions.
  • The proposed guidance updates and reaffirms the key elements of an effective credit risk review system contained in Attachment 1 – Loan Review Systems, including: qualifications and independence of credit risk review personnel; the frequency, scope, and depth of reviews; and the review, follow-up, communication, and distribution of results.
  • The proposed guidance includes updates to reflect current industry credit review practices as well as terminology to align with the “current expected credit losses” (CECL) methodology.
  • The extent to which the principles discussed in the proposed guidance are applicable depend on an institution’s size, complexity, loan type, risk profile, and risk management practices.
  • The proposed guidance will be issued as a stand-alone document, and not part of loan loss reserve guidance, to highlight the important role of credit risk review systems in an institution’s overall risk management program.
  • Comments will be accepted for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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