The FSA have recently indicated that they expect all Firms to remove adviser's CF30 permissions if they do not have, or have applied for having passed the relevant examinations, a Statement of Professional Standing.
Therefore, firms should be prepared to submit a Form C to remove appropriate permission at the end of December.
Of course, this will have an impact on Firms which thereafter do not have a CF 30 Function as providers will take the view that no one in the firm can provide ongoing advice and therefore all trail commission payments will cease.
If this effects you, please make contingency plans now. What can be done: recruit a qualified person into your firm. Remember, Advisers can have dual permissions too.