GENE 4A.1.2 Meaning of protected report and protected reporter

(1) In this Chapter:
protected report means a report that meets all of the following requirements:
(a) it is made in good faith;
(b) it is about an authorised firm or a person connected with such a firm;
(c) it is made to the firm itself or an authority or officer specified or referred to in subrule (3);
(d) if it is made to an authority or officer, the authority or officer is responsible for matters of the kind reported;
(e) it gives information that the reporter believes shows that any of the following has happened, is happening, or is likely to happen:
(i) a criminal offence (whether under the law of Qatar or of another jurisdiction);
(ii) a contravention of a relevant requirement, or a failure to comply with a legal obligation of another kind;

Note For contravention of a relevant requirement, see FSR, article 84.
(iii) the endangering of the health and safety of an individual;
(iv) a breach of an authorised firm's policies and procedures (including, for example, a breach of any code of conduct or policy in relation to ethical behaviour);
(v) the deliberate concealment of a matter referred to in any of subparagraphs (i) to (iv).

protected reporter means an individual who makes a protected report.

Guidance
Nothing in this Chapter requires that a protected reporter be an employee of the authorised firm about which the report is made.
(2) For this Chapter, a report is made in good faith only if the individual who made it believes on reasonable grounds that it is true.
(3) For this Chapter, a report with the characteristics set out in the definition of protected report in subrule (1) is a protected report whether it is made to:
(a) the authorised firm concerned;
(b) the Regulatory Authority;
(c) an officer of the State to whom crimes may be reported under Law No. (23) of 2004, or whose responsibilities include the matters that are referred to in the report; or
(d) a regulatory or governmental authority, body or agency in a jurisdiction outside the QFC (whether in Qatar or not), including a body or officeholder responsible for enforcing the criminal law of the jurisdiction.
Inserted by QFCRA RM/2018-3 (as from 1st May 2018).