- Short title and commencement –
- These regulations may be called Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Licensing of Insurance Agents) Regulations, 2000.
- They shall come into force on the date of publication in the official gazette.
- In these regulations, unless the context otherwise requires:-
- “Act” means the insurance act 1938 (4 of 1938)
- “Approved Institution” means an Institution engaged and / or training particularly in the area of insurance sales, services and marketing, approved and notified by the Authority.
- “Authority” means the insurance regulatory and development authority established under the provisions of section 3 of the Insurance Regulatory and development Act 1999 (41 of 1999)
- “Composite insurance agent” means the insurance agent who holds a license to act as an insurance agent for a life insurer and a general insurer.
- “Corporate Agent” means a person other than an individual as specified in clause(I).
- “Designated person” means an officer normally on charge of marketing operations, as specified by an insurer and authorized by the authority to issue or renew licenses under these regulations.
- “Examination body” means an institution, which conducts pre-recruitment tests for insurance agents and which is duly recognized by the authority.
- “License” means a certificate of license to act as an insurance agent issued under these regulations.
- “Person” means an individual a firms or a company formed under the companies Act,1956(1of 1956),and includes a banking company as defined in clause (4A) of section 2 of the Act.
- “Practical Training” includes orientation, particularly in the area of insurance sales, service and marketing, through training modules as approved by the Authority.
- “Proposal form” means an application for purchase of an insurance product, which shall be the basis of insurance contract.
- “Prospect” means a potential purchaser of an insurance product.
- “Recognized Board or Institution” means such board or institution as may be recognized by any State Government or the Central Government.
- All words and expressions used herein and not defined but defined in the Insurance Act,1938(4 of 1938), or in the insurance Regulatory and Development Authority Act, 1999 (41 of 1999), shall have the meanings respectively assigned to them in those Acts.
- Issue or renewal of license-
- A person desiring to obtain or renew a license (hereinafter referred to as “the applicant”) to act as an insurance agent or a composite insurance agent shall proceed as follows:-
- the applicant shall make an application to a designated person –
- in Form IRDA-Agents-VA, if the applicant is an individual :
- in Form IRDA-Agents-VC,if the applicant is a firm or a company:
Provided that the applicant, who desires to be a composite insurance agent, shall make two separate applications.
- The fees payable by the applicant to the Authority shall be as specified in Regulation 7.
- The designated person may, on receipt of the application along with the evidence of payment of fees to the Authority and on being satisfied that the applicant :
- Possesses the qualifications as specified under Regulation 4.
- Possesses the practical training as specified under Regulation 5.
- Has passed the examination as specified under Regulation 6.
- Has furnished the application complete in all respects.
- Has the requisite knowledge to solicit and procure insurance business and
- Is capable of providing the necessary service to the policyholders.
Grant or renew, as the case may be, a license in Form IRDA-Agents-VB, along with identity card in form IRDA-Agents-VZ.
Provided that in the case of corporate agent, the identity card shall be in Form IRDA-Agent-VY.
Provided further that such identity card from one life insurer and such identity card from one general insurer shall be provided to the applicant seeking license to act as a composite insurance agent.
Provided further that in the case of a firm or a company all of its partners or its directors, as the case may be, shall fulfil the requirements of sub-clauses (i) to (iii).
Provided further a license issued in accordance with this regulation, shall entitle the applicant to act as insurance agent for one life insurer or one general insurer or both, as the case may be.
- If the designated person refuses to grant or renew a license under this regulation, he shall give the reasons therefor to the applicant.
- Qualifications of the applicant – The applicant shall possess the minimum qualification of a pass in 12th Standard or equivalent examination, conducted by any recognized Board/Institution, where the applicant resides in a place with a population of five thousand or more as per the last census, and a pass in 10th Standard or equivalent examination from a recognized Board / Institution if the applicant resides in any other place.
- Practical Training –
- The applicant shall have completed from an approved institution, at least, one hundred hours practical training, in life or general insurance business, as the case may be, which may be spread over three to four weeks, where such applicant is seeking license for the first time to act as insurance agent.Provided that the applicant shall have completed from an approved institution, at least, one hundred fifty hours practical training in life and general insurance business, which may be spread over six to eight, weeks, where such applicant is seeking license for the first time to act as insurance agent.Provided that the applicant shall have completed from an approved institution, at least, one hundred fifty hours, practical training in life and general insurance business, which may be spread over six to eight weeks, where such applicant is seeking license for the first time to act a composite insurance agent.
- Where the applicant, referred to under sub-regulation (1) is –
- an Associate/Fellow of the Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai.
- An Associate/Fellow of the institute of Chartered Accountants of India, New Delhi.
- An Associate/Fellow of the institute of Costs and Works Accountants of India, Calcutta.
- An Associate/Fellow of the institute of Company Secretaries of India, New Delhi.
- An Associate/Fellow of the Actuarial Society of India, Mumbai
- A Master of Business Administration of any Institution / University recognised by any State Government or the Central Government ; or
- Possessing any professional qualification in marketing from any Institution / University recognised by any State Government or the Central Government –
He shall have competed, at least, fifty hours practical training from an approved institution.
Provided that such applicant shall have competed from an approved institution, at least, seventy hours practical training in life and general insurance business, where such applicant is seeking license for the first time to act as a composite insurance agent.
- An applicant, who has been granted a license after the commencement of these regulation before seeking renewal of license to act as an insurance agent, still have completed, at least twenty-five hours practical training life or general insurance business, as the case may be, from an approved institution.Provided that such applicant before seeking renewal of license to act as a composite insurance agent shall have completed from an approved institution, as least fifty hours practical training life and general insurance business.
- Examination –The applicant shall have passed the pre-recruitment examination if life or general insurance business, or both, as the case may be, conducted by the Insurance Institute of India, Mumbai, or any other examination body.
- Fees Payable –
- The fees payable to the Authority for issue or renewal of licence to act as insurance agent or a composite insurance agent shall be rupees two hundred and fifty.
- The additional fees payable to the Authority, under the circumstances mentioned in sub-section(3) of section 42 of the Act, shall be rupees one hundred.
- Code of Conduct –
- Every person holding a licence, shall adhere to the code of conduct specified below :
- Every insurance agent shall –
- Identify himself and the insurance company of whom he is an insurance agent.
- Disclose his licence to the prospect on demand.
- Disseminate the requisite information in respect of insurance products offered for sale by his insurer and take into account the needs of the prospect while recommending a specific insurance plan.
- Disclose the scales of commission in respect of the insurance product offered for sale, if asked by the prospect.
- Indicate the premium to be charged by the insurer for the insurance product offered for sale.
- Explain to the prospect the nature of information required in the proposal form by the insurer, and also the importance of disclosure of material information in the purchase of an insurance contract.
- Bring to the notice of the insurer any adverse habits or income inconsistency of the prospect, in the form of a report (called “Insurance Agent’s Confidential Report) along with every proposal submitted to the insurer, and any material fact that may adversely affect the underwriting decision of the insurer as regards acceptance of the proposal, by making all reasonable enquiries about the prospect.
- Inform promptly the prospect about the acceptance or rejection of the proposal by the insurer.
- Obtain the requisite documents at the time of filing the proposal form with the insurer; and other documents subsequently asked for by the insurer for completion of the proposal.
- Render necessary assistance to the policyholders or claimants or beneficiaries in complying with the requirements for settlement of claims, by the insurer.
- Advise every individual policyholder to effect nomination or assignment or change of address or exercise of options, as the case may be and offer necessary assistance in this behalf wherever necessary.
- No insurance agent shall__
- solicit or procure insurance business without holding a valid license.
- Induce the prospect to omit any material information in the proposal form.
- Induce the proposal to submit wrong information in the proposal form or document submitted to the insurer for acceptance of the proposal
- Behave in a discourteous manner with the prospect.
- Interfere with any proposal introduce by any other insurance agent.
- Offer different rates, advantages, terms and conditions other than those offered by his insurer.
- Demand or received a share of proceeds from the beneficiary under an insurance contact.
- Force a policyholder to terminate the existing policy and to effect a new proposal from him within three years from the date of such terminations.
- Have, in case of a corporate agent, a portfolio of insurance business under which the premium is in excess of fifty percent of total premium procured, in any ears from one person (who is not an individual) or one organization or one group of organization.
- Apply for fresh license to act as an insurance agent if his license was earlier cancelled by the designated person, and period of five years has not elapsed from the date of such cancellation.
- Become or remain a director any insurance company.
Every insurance agent shall with a view to conserve the insurance business already procured through him. make every attempt to ensure remittance of the premiums by the policyholders within the stipulated time by giving notice to the policyholder orally and in writing.
- Cancellation of license – The designated person may cancel a license of an insurance agent, if the insurance agent suffers, at any time during the currency of the license from any of the disqualification mentioned in sub-section (4) of section 42 of the act, and recover from him the license and the identity card issued earlier.
- Issue of duplicate license – The Authority may issued a duplicate license replace a license lost, destroyed, or mutilated on payment a fee of rupees fifty.
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- Non-application to existing insurance agents- Nothing contained in Regulations 4 to 6 of these Regulations shall apply to the existing agents before the commencement of these Regulations.