The Customer Dispute Resolution Scheme (CDRS) is a way of resolving disputes between customers and authorised firms in the QFC. It is a fair and independent process that is available to all retail and other individual customers of QFC-authorised firms.
The CDRS covers financial services such as financial planning and advice, investments, general insurance, life insurance, banking, collective funds and trustee services.
The maximum compensation that can be awarded by the CDRS if a complaint is upheld is QAR 400,000.
Submitting a complaint
The CDRS is a process you should use only after you’ve tried to resolve a dispute directly with the firm that provided the financial product or service (including insurance or investments) you’re unhappy with.
The complaint process
Complain directly to the firm that provided the product or service. Ask them to resolve your dispute through their Internal Dispute Resolution process. All QFC-authorised firms are required to have Internal Dispute Resolution processes.
If you are not happy with the response you receive from the QFC-authorised firm, contact the CDRS.
- A CDRS case manager will talk to you and the firm, to see if both parties can reach a settlement agreement.
- If an agreement can’t be reached and you would like to continue with the complaint, the case will be referred to the independent adjudicator for a decision.
- Detailed information about submitting a complaint can be found here.
An alternative to going to court
The CDRS is a simple and quick alternative to going to court. You don’t need to obtain legal advice when you make a complaint, unless you want to. The QFC Regulatory Authority provides this service at no cost to you. If you choose to use a lawyer or adviser you will need to pay for their services yourself.
CDRS decisions are binding
CDRS decisions are binding on QFC-authorised firms if they are accepted by the customer. When the independent adjudicator gives a decision, you have 14 days to decide if you accept the decision. If you do not make a decision within 14 days, then it is assumed that you have rejected the decision. A rejected decision has no effect. When a decision is accepted by the customer, it is binding and cannot be appealed by either party.
Who operates the CDRS?
The QFC Regulatory Authority administers the CDRS, but all decisions are made by an independent adjudicator. This person is separate to and independent from the Regulatory Authority.
How much does it cost to use?
The CDRS is free to use. You don’t need to obtain legal advice when you make a complaint, unless you want to.
Click the links below for more information:
How to Make Your Complaint
Summary of CDRS Outcomes
CDRS Case Studies