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  • ES Executive Summary

    • ES-A Introduction

      • ES-A.1 Purpose

        • Executive Summary

          • ES-A.1.1

            The purpose of this Module is to:

            (a) Provide an overview of the structure of Volume 3 (Insurance);
            (b) Provide a summary of each Module; and
            (c) Outline the transition rules for the implementation of the Volume 3.
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-A.1.2

            The Central Bank of Bahrain ('CBB'), in its capacity as the regulatory and supervisory authority for all financial institutions in Bahrain, has as its mission:

            (a) To ensure monetary and financial stability in the Kingdom of Bahrain; and
            (b) To regulate, develop and maintain confidence in the financial sector.
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-A.1.3

            As the single regulator, the CBB ensures the consistent application of regulatory standards in banking, insurance and capital markets, as well as encourages an open and cooperative approach in dealing with financial institutions.

            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-A.1.4

            The supervision of the insurance sector in the Kingdom pays particular regard to the standards set by the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS). The CBB plays an important role in meeting stakeholders' expectations — the principal stakeholders of the CBB are the Government of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the regulated financial institutions, the consumers, the IAIS and several other international organizations.

            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-A.1.5

            To carry out its responsibilities in relation to the insurance sector, the CBB has four supervisory objectives, namely to:

            (a) Promote the stability and soundness in the insurance system;
            (b) Provide an appropriate degree of protection to insurance company policyholdersG ;
            (c) Promote transparency and market discipline; and
            (d) Reduce the likelihood of insurance licenseesG being used for financial crime (including money laundering activities).
            Amended: January 2007

        • Legal Basis

          • ES-A.1.6

            This Module contains the CBB's (as amended from time to time) Directive relating to transition rules and is issued under the powers available to the CBB under Article 38 of the Central Bank of Bahrain and Financial Institutions Law 2006 ('CBB Law'). The Directive in this Module is applicable to all insurance licenseesG (including their approved personsG ).

            Amended: January 2011
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-A.1.7

            For an explanation of the CBB's rule-making power and different regulatory instruments, see Section UG-1.1.

            Amended: January 2007

      • ES-A.2 Module History

        • ES-A.2.1

          This Module was first issued in April 2005 by the BMA together with the rest of Volume 3 (Insurance). Any material changes to that have subsequently been made to this Module are annotated with the calendar quarter date in which the change was made; Chapter UG-3 provides further details on Rulebook maintenance and version control.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-A.2.2

          When the CBB replaced the BMA in September 2006, the provisions of this Module remained in force. Volume 3 was updated in January 2007 to reflect the switch to the CBB; however, new calendar quarter dates were only issued where the update necessitated changes to actual requirements.

          Adopted: January 2007

        • ES-A.2.3

          A list of recent changes made to this Module is provided below:

          Module Ref. Change Date Description of Changes
          ES-1.1 01/07/05 Module BR: Corrected first quarterly return due for the period ending 31 March 2006.
          ES-1.1 01/10/05 Clarified application of Module FC to insurance managers.
          ES-1.10 01/10/05 Corrected cross-reference referring to examples of suspicious transactions.
          ES-2.4 01/10/05 Added transition period for actuarial requirements for insurance firms whose long term insurance business is restricted to group life policies having a maturity of less than or equal to 1 year.
          ES-2.5 01/10/05 Corrected cross-reference.
          ES-2.6 01/10/05 Updated transition rules for minimum Tier 1 capital.
          ES-1.1 01/01/06 Transition rules for reporting by insurance firms updated.
          ES-2.7 01/01/06 A Section on transition rules for reporting by insurance firms was added.
          ES-1.1.5 01/07/06 Transition rule for Modules RM and PD has been added.
          ES-2.6A 01/07/06 Added transition rules for physical security measures and third party insurance.
          ES-2.8 01/07/06 Transition rules in respect of semi-annual disclosure requirements have been added.
          ES-A.1.6 01/2007 New Rule introduced, categorising this Module as a Directive.
          ES-1.1.9 and ES-2.4.2 01/2007 Clarified the first period for which a report from the Signing ActuaryG is required.
          ES-1.1.9 and ES-2.6B.1 01/2007 Allowed for a transition period for the external auditor's report required under Subparagraph FC-3.3.1(d).
          ES-1.1.9 10/2007 Minimum Tier 1 capital only applies to Bahraini insurance firmsG .
          ES-1.2.2 10/2007 Pure reinsurers can undertake both general insurance businessG and long-term insurance businessG within the same entity.
          ES-2.4.3 10/2007 Clarified the transition period for the rotation of audit partner.
          ES-2.6.2 10/2007 Minimum Tier 1 capital only applies to Bahraini insurance firmsG .
          ES-1.1, ES-1.2, ES-1.11, ES-1.14 10/2009 Reference added to appointed representatives as per Resolution (11) of 2009.
          ES-1.2.3 10/2009 Amended list of controlled functions to be consistent with Module AU.
          ES-1.5.4 10/2009 Amended to be consistent with Section AA-4.2.
          ES-2.5.4 10/2009 Introduced transition rule for new requirements for appointed representatives as per Resolution (11) of 2009.
          ES-A.1.6 01/2011 Clarified legal basis
          ES1.1.9, ES-1.4, ES-1.17.3 and ES-2.3 04/2011 Amended to reflect changes to Module HC.
          ES-1.1.9, ES-1.8A and ES-2.6AA2 04/2012 Amendments made to reflect the issuance of Module CL (Client Money).
          ES-2.6AA1 04/2012 Added transition period to have in place customer complaints procedures as outlined in Chapter BC-4.
          ES-2.7.4 and ES-2.7.5 04/2012 Added transition period for filing of IBR and IBRS.
          ES-1.1.9
          ES-1.15
          10/2012 The reference to Module DP was deleted as customer complaints procedures are included in Chapter BC-4.
          ES-1.1.9 04/2014 Updated transition period to repay/write of Qard Hassan granted for solvency purposes.
          ES-1.2.3 04/2014 Updated list of approved persons to be in line with AU-1.2.2.
          ES-1.7.5, ES-1.19.3, ES-2.4 and ES-2.6 04/2014 Updated to reflect the consultation on the enhanced operational and solvency framework for Takaful firms.

    • ES-1 Structure and Summary of Insurance Modules

      • ES-1.1 Structure of Volume 3 (Insurance)

        • ES-1.1.1

          Volume 3 (Insurance) of the Rulebook covers insurance activities, i.e. the provision of regulated insurance servicesG by insurance licenseesG . It also includes requirements regarding approved personsG ; and the registration requirements for actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG .

          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.1.2

          Volume 3 excludes representative officesG of insurance firmsG , and ancillary services providersG . These Regulations will later be incorporated into Volume 5 (Specialised Activities) of the CBB Rulebook, to be released at a later date.

          Adopted: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.1.3

          Volume 3 (Insurance) is made up of two volumes: Part A is the main Volume containing detailed Modules containing the Rules and Guidance and Part B is an appendix Volume containing a glossary of defined terms, CBB authorisation forms, CBB reporting forms and any supplementary information.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.1.4

          Part A of Volume 3 (Insurance) is organized under the following headings:

          •  Introduction;
          •  High Level Standards;
          •  Business Standards;
          •  Reporting Requirements;
          •  Enforcement and Redress; and
          •  Sector Guides.
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.1.5

          Including this Executive Summary Module, there are 20 Modules that make up Part A of Volume 3 (Insurance). The requirements for the various insurance license categories are embedded throughout Part A. In addition, for some specialised licenses (captive insurersG , insurance intermediariesG and takafulG /retakafulG ) there are sector guides summarizing the key requirements, specifically applicable to these categories.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.1.6

          Part B of Volume 3 is organized under the following headings:

          •   Glossary;
          •   Reporting Forms; and
          Adopted: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.1.7

          Defined terms used in the Rulebook are underlined; their definition can be found in the Glossary. Each volume has its own Glossary, as definitions of terms used apply only to the Volume in question. It is possible for the same term to be used in a different volume with a different meaning.

          Adopted: January 2007

        • ES-1.1.8

          There are four authorisation forms, comprising (i) Form 1 (application for a license); (ii) Form 2 (application for the authorisation of a controllerG ); (iii) Form 3 (application for approved personG status); and (iv) Form 4 (application for registration).

          Adopted: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.1.9

          A summary of the Modules, their application and implementation is given in the table below:

          Module Application Transition Rules
          Module AU All new applicants for licenses, approved personsG and registration of actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG . Effective 1 June 2005. AU-1.1.11 where an insurance licensee carries on a prohibited commercial business, the licensee must notify the CBB and establish the transitional rules.
          Module PB All insurance licenseesG and approved personsG . None.
          Effective 1 June 2005.
          Module HC
          1. Applies to all Bahraini insurance licenseesG except for Bahraini single person companies.
          2. Insurance consultants, insurance managers and captive insurers are subject to Guidance under HC-10.
          3. Exemption possible from the requirement to have 2 independent non-executive DirectorsG for Bahraini insurance licenseesG that are part of an overseas group and exemption to have Board Committees (HC-1.5.2).
          4. Where an insurance broker's Board does not consider it necessary to create an audit committee, it must be prepared to give reasons for its decision to the CBB (HC-B.1.2).
          The updated Module is effective on 1st January 2011. All insurance licenseesG to which Module HC applies must be in full compliance by the financial year end 2011.
          Module AA All insurance licenseesGauditorsG
          All insurance firmsGactuariesG
          For insurance firmsG whose business is restricted to group life policies, having a maturity of less than or equal to 1 year, actuarial requirements must be met by December 31, 2007.
          The first period for which a report is required by a Signing ActuaryG is for the period ending December 31, 2008.
          All other requirements are effective 1 July 2005.
          Module GR Refer to chart in GR-B.1.1 for application All insurance licenseesG must comply with the requirements for books and records within Bahrain, effective 1 July 2005.
          Professional indemnity coverage must be met by all insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG by 31 Dec. 2005.
          For unincorporated brokers licensed prior to 1 June 2005, professional indemnity coverage must be met by 31 Dec 2006.
          All other provisions of Module GR are to be applied effective 1 June 2005.
          Compliance with Resolution (11) of 2009 dealing with appointed representativesG is effective 1st January 2010.
          Module CA All insurance licenseesG , with specific requirements applicable to different types of licensees.
          Also special rules in place for takaful firmsG .
          Minimum Tier 1 capital for Bahraini insurance firmsG to be met by December 31, 2007.
          For insurance brokersG licensed prior to 1 June 2005, implementation effective 31 Dec. 2006.
          For Qard Hassan granted for solvency purposes, repayment or write off over a period of 5 years from April 2014.
          For other insurance licenseesG licensed prior to 1 June 2005, implementation effective 31 Dec. 2005.
          Module BC Applicable to direct domestic businessG . Reinsurance business is exempted. Also special rules in place for takaful firmsG . None.
          Effective 1 July 2005.
          Module CL Applies to all insurance brokers and appointed representatives licensed by the CBB that undertake the broking of insurance contracts (see Rule AU-1.4.10) and hold client money. Effective 1 July 2012.
          Module RM Only applies to insurance firmsG and insurance brokersG . Physical Security Measures and Third Party Insurance are effective December 31, 2006.
          Module FC Measures for the prevention of money laundering and terrorism financing apply to insurance firmsG and insurance brokersG , with some exemptions for captive insurersG managed by an insurance managerG . Where captive insurersG are managed by an insurance managerG , this Module also applies to the insurance managerG .
          Some exemption possible for reinsurers (FC-B.1.2).
          Measures dealing with fraud (FC-8) apply to all insurance licenseesG .
          Effective 1 July 2005. For long-term insurance contracts, the CBB expects the Module to be applied to current clients gradually on a case by case basis.
          Module TC To be developed in the future.  
          Module BR All insurance licenseesG , with specific requirements applicable to different types of licensees. For insurance firmsG , first annual and group reporting due for the period ending 31 December 2006 and first quarterly report due for the quarter ending 31 March 2007. Notification and approval requirements effective 1 June 2005.
          Module PD Only applies to insurance firmsG . First disclosure requirements required for the period ending 31 December 2005.
          First semi-annual disclosure requirements required for the period ending 30 June 2008.
          Module EN All insurance licenseesG , approved personsG and registered persons. None.
          Effective 1 June 2005.
          Module DP [Deleted as included in Chapter BC-4]  
          Module CP To be developed in the future.  
          Module CI Captive insurersG Transition rules as per those stated in main Modules.
          Module IM Insurance intermediariesG Transition rules as per those stated in main Modules.
          Module TA TakafulG /retakafulG Transition rules as per those stated in main Modules.
          Amended: April 2014
          Amended: October 2012
          Amended: April 2012
          Amended: April 2011
          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: October 2007
          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.2 Module AU — Authorisation

        • ES-1.2.1

          Module AU covers the licensing requirements for insurance licenseesG ; registration requirements for actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG ; and authorisation requirements for approved personsG . The Module defines what is included as part of regulated servicesG , specifically providing definitions for:

          (a) Carrying on of insurance business (insurance firmsG );
          (b) The broking of insurance contracts (insurance brokersG );
          (c) The offering of insurance advice (insurance consultantsG );
          (d) The provision of insurance management services (insurance managersG ); and
          (e) Operators of an insurance exchange (insurance exchange operatorsG ).
          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: October 2007
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.2.2

          With the exception of captive insurersG and pure reinsurersG , an insurance firmG cannot undertake both long-term insurance businessG and general insurance businessG . Insurance firmsG (including captive insurersG ), must operate on either conventional insurance principles or on takafulG principles: they cannot combine the two. Grandfathering provisions apply for those companies whose past license granted them the right to undertake both long-term insurance businessG and general business.

          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.2.3

          Module AU deals with the requirements and conditions for approved personsG , i.e. those wishing to undertake a controlled functionG in an insurance licenseeG . Controlled functionsG are those of:

          (a) DirectorG ;
          (b) Chief executiveG or general managerG ;
          (c) Head of functionG ;
          (d) Head of risk management;
          (e) Compliance officer;
          (f) Money Laundering Reporting Officer;
          (g) Member of Shari'a Supervisory BoardG ;
          (h) Internal Shari'a reviewer;
          (i) Unit-linked investment adviserG ; and
          (j) Signing ActuaryG (where the function is undertaken by a DirectorG or an employeeG of the insurance firmG ).
          Amended: April 2014
          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.2.4

          The licensing conditions that must be abided by all insurance licenseesG are outlined as part of Chapter AU-2 of the Module.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.2.5

          The Module outlines the information requirements and procedures that must be followed as part of the process for:

          (a) Licensing;
          (b) Approved personsG ; and
          (c) Registration of actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG .
          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.3 Module PB — Principles of Business

        • ES-1.3.1

          The 10 Principles of Business covered in Module PB are a general statement of the fundamental obligations of all CBB insurance licenseesG and approved personsG . They have the status of Rules and provide a basis for other more detailed Rules elsewhere in Volume 3.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.3.2

          All Principles of Business apply to activities carried out by the licensees, including activities carried out through overseas branches. Principles 1 to 8 also apply to approved personsG , in respect of controlled functionsG for which they have been approved. Principles 9 (Adequate Resources) and Principles 10 (Management, Systems and Controls) also take into account any activities of other members of the group of which the licensee is a member.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.3.3

          The Principles of Business are:

          Principle 1 — Integrity

          Principle 2 — Conflicts of Interest

          Principle 3 — Due Skill, Care and Diligence

          Principle 4 — Confidentiality

          Principle 5 — Market Conduct

          Principle 6 — Customer Assets

          Principle 7 — Customer Interests

          Principle 8 — Relations with Regulators/Supervisors

          Principle 9 — Adequate Resources

          Principle 10 — Management, Systems and Controls

      • ES-1.4 Module HC — High-Level Controls

        • ES-1.4.1

          Module HC outlines the requirements that must be met by insurance licenseesG with respect to:

          (a) Corporate governance principles issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce as The Corporate Governance Code; and
          (b) Related high-level controls and policies.
          Amended: April 2011
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.4.1A

          The Principles referred to in this Module are in line with the Principles relating to the Corporate Governance Code issued by the Ministry of Industry and Commerce.

          Added: April 2011

        • ES-1.4.1B

          The requirements distinguish between different types of insurance licenseesG . For insurance brokersG , Sections HC-3.2 Audit Committee and HC-3.3 Audit Committee Charter are to be considered as Guidance and the Comply or Explain Principle (see Paragraph HC-A.1.8) applies. In addition references to the Nominating and Remuneration Committees do not apply for insurance brokersG . Because of their limited business activities, and consequent lesser risk to customers, insurance consultantsG , insurance managersG and captive insurance firmsG are subject to applicable Guidance Paragraphs included in Chapter HC-10.

          Added: April 2011

        • ES-1.4.2

          The high-level controls covered by this Module deal with:

          (a) The function of chief executive officerG and general managerG ;
          (b) The mapping of risks and responsibilities;
          (c) Internal audit;
          (d) Compliance;
          (e) Remuneration policies for approved personsG ;
          (f) Corporate ethics; and
          (g) Transparency and disclosure.
          (h) Committees of the Board;
          (i) Financial statements certification;
          (j) Appointment, training and evaluation of the Board;
          (k) Management structure;
          (l) Communication between the Board and shareholders; and
          (m) Governance and disclosure per Shari'a principles.
          Amended: April 2011
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.4.3

          Module HC also includes requirements for an annual Board review and certification, on the implementation of internal governance processes and their effectiveness in achieving the Board's objectives, and whether the Board can attest that it has fulfilled its responsibilities for directing and monitoring the overall conduct of the licensee's affairs.

      • ES-1.5 Module AA — Auditors and Actuaries

        • ES-1.5.1

          Module AA deals with requirements on the appointment and functions of auditorsG and actuariesG of insurance licenseesG . Requirements dealing with actuariesG only apply to insurance firmsG and are not applicable to insurance intermediariesG and insurance managersG .

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.5.2

          The auditor requirements deal with:

          (a) The appointment of auditorsG ;
          (b) The removal and resignation of auditorsG ;
          (c) Audit partner rotation;
          (d) AuditorG independence; and
          (e) Restrictions on the relationship between the insurance licenseeG and the auditorG .
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.5.3

          The Module covers the CBB's requirements regarding access to auditorsG and actuariesG as well as the auditors'G access to outsourcing providersG . In addition, the Module outlines the requirement for insurance licenseesG to arrange for their auditorsG to review the licensee's annual return submitted to the CBB.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.5.4

          Module AA provides requirements for both Registered ActuariesG and Signing ActuariesG .

          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.6 Module GR — General Requirements

        • ES-1.6.1

          Module GR covers requirements dealing with areas not covered in other Modules. The areas covered are:

          (a) Books and records;
          (b) Corporate and trade names;
          (c) Dividends;
          (d) Business transfers;
          (e) ControllersG ;
          (f) Close links;
          (g) Statutory deposits and compulsory reserve;
          (h) Cessation of business;
          (i) Appointed representativesG ; and
          (j) Professional indemnity coverage.
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.6.2

          Item (i) applies only to insurance firmsG ; item (g) applies to insurance firmsG and insurance brokersG , whereas item (j) only applies to insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG .

          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

      • ES-1.7 Module CA — Capital Adequacy

        • ES-1.7.1

          Module CA covers requirements governing the minimum capital and solvency requirements as well as the valuation of assets and liabilities.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.7.2

          Considering the nature of their business, the requirements regarding capital and solvency for insurance firmsG are far more detailed than for insurance intermediariesG and insurance managersG .

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.7.3

          Similarly the rules dealing with the valuation of assets and valuation of liabilities are only applicable to insurance firmsG .

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.7.4

          For insurance firmsG , Module CA outlines various currency matching and localisation requirements as well as whole firm and group solvency requirements.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.7.5

          The Module provides detailed rules for requirements dealing with takafulG and retakafulG specifically addressing:

          (a) General capital requirements;
          (b) The basis of operating a takafulG business;
          (c) The segregation of funds;
          (d) The capital adequacy and solvency requirements for both the Takaful firmG ; and
          (e) The distribution of surplus.
          Amended: April 2014
          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.8 Module BC — Business Conduct

        • ES-1.8.1

          This Module presents under the form of an Insurance Code of Practice the minimum standards of good practice for market conduct in relation to direct insurance activities. This Module applies to domestic businessG . ReinsuranceG business is exempted from the requirements of this Module.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.8.2

          The Insurance Code of Practice is made up of overarching principles applied throughout the customer relationship. These principles cover:

          (a) Marketing and promotion;
          (b) Initial customer information service;
          (c) Identification of customer requirements;
          (d) Advice and recommendation;
          (e) Customer identification before commitment to contract;
          (f) Confirmation of cover and policy documentation;
          (g) Service after the point of sale;
          (h) Claims;
          (i) Renewal, expiry and cancellation;
          (j) Complaints;
          (k) Information conditions applying to all customer information;
          (l) Fair treatment; and
          (m) Confidentiality and security of customer assets.
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.8.3

          Module BC has additional requirements dealing specifically with requirements unique to takafulG and retakafulG , including the requirement to clearly disclose to participants the calculation of wakala and mudaraba fees paid by the takafulG fund(s) to the takafulG operator.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.8A Module CL – Client Money

        • ES-1.8A.1

          This Module provides detailed Rules and Guidance with respect to the holding of client moneyG by insurance brokersG and appointed representativesG . They are aimed at ensuring proper protection of client moneyG to minimise the risk of client moneyG being used by insurance brokersG and appointed representativesG and to prevent the commingling of client moneyG with the insurance brokers'G and appointed representatives'G assets.

          Added: April 2012

        • ES-1.8A.2

          As a general rule, client moniesG are required to be segregated from a firm's own assets, and client moneyG must be held in a client money accountG . Various other restrictions and protections apply to client moneyG , whilst the rules also apply certain reconciliation and reporting requirements.

          Added: April 2012

        • ES-1.8A.3

          Rules applying to appointed representativesG are applicable based on the type of appointed representativesG . The Module deals with:

          (a) Individual appointed representativesG ;
          (b) Corporate appointed representativesG that are financial institutions; and
          (c) Corporate appointed representativesG , other than financial institutions.
          Added: April 2012

      • ES-1.9 Module RM — Risk Management

        • ES-1.9.1

          This Module provides detailed Rules and Guidance on risk management systems and controls required for insurance firmsG and insurance brokersG . The Module imposes on these licensees the obligation to identify the range of risks that they face and to effectively manage these through the implementation of risk management systems that monitor and control all material risks.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.9.2

          Module RM specifically addresses certain risk categories. However, insurance firmsG and insurance brokersG must determine any additional risk categories relevant to their business and how these are addressed.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.9.3

          The risk management standards addressed in Module RM are:

          (a) Credit riskG ;
          (b) Liquidity riskG ;
          (c) Market riskG ;
          (d) Insurance technical riskG ;
          (e) Operational riskG ;
          (f) Outsourcing riskG ; and
          (g) Group risk.
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

      • ES-1.10 Module FC — Financial Crime

        • ES-1.10.1

          Module FC implements the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recommendations on money laundering and special recommendations on terrorism financing that are relevant to the insurance sector in Bahrain.

        • ES-1.10.2

          The Module covers the detailed procedures required for:

          (a) Customer identification;
          (b) Reporting;
          (c) Staff awareness and training;
          (d) The appointment of a money laundering reporting officer;
          (e) Compliance monitoring;
          (f) Record keeping arrangements;
          (g) Segregation of duties;
          (h) Special measures for non-cooperative countries; and
          (i) Contact with relevant authorities.
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.10.3

          Item FC (iv) in Part B of Volume 3 (Insurance) provides further examples of transactions that may be suspicious or unusual.

        • ES-1.10.4

          In addition, Module FC has a chapter dealing with the area of insurance fraud and steps that must be taken by insurance licenseesG to address this area.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.11 Module TC — Training and Competency

        • ES-1.11.1

          This Module is to be issued at a later date.

          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.11.2

          When finalised, the Module will provide detailed Rules and Guidance on training and competency requirements for employees of insurance licenseesG as well as for actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG .

          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.12 Module BR — BMA Reporting

        • ES-1.12.1

          Module BR outlines the CBB's reporting requirements. The reporting requirements are broken down into three main categories:

          (a) Financial reporting;
          (b) Notifications; and
          (c) Approvals.
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.12.2

          Annual financial reporting is required for all insurance licenseesG . Group and quarterly reporting are required only for insurance firmsG . The financial reporting Chapter contains various Rules, Directives and Guidance which underpin the reporting forms included in Part B of Volume 3 (Insurance).

          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.12.3

          The Module outlines instances and procedures to be followed where insurance licenseesG must submit written notifications to the CBB. These include matters having a serious supervisory impact, breaches of Regulations and Directives and other requirements and the removal or resignation of auditorsG or Reporting ActuariesG .

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.12.4

          The Module also outlines where insurance licenseesG must seek the CBB's prior approval for changes in their operations, such as change in legal status, mergers, acquisitions, disposals and establishment of new subsidiaries. The CBB's prior approval is also required for insurance licenseesG undertaking business transfers and for related party transactionsG above a specified threshold.

          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.12.5

          Finally, the Module outlines the various ways in which the CBB gathers its information from insurance licenseesG including onsite visits by the CBB, and where deemed necessary the use of Appointed ExpertsG .

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.13 Module PD — Public Disclosure

        • ES-1.13.1

          Module PD governs the minimum requirements to be followed by insurance firmsG with respect to corporate and financial transparency through meaningful public disclosures. Public disclosures help protect customersG of insurance firmsG and facilitate market discipline.

          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.13.2

          The disclosure requirements for insurance firmsG cover both annual and semi-annual disclosure requirements.

        • ES-1.13.3

          Module PD outlines what information and by what means this information must be disclosed, distinguishing the type of information to be disclosed by the insurance firmG subject to these requirements.

        • ES-1.13.4

          To assist those insurance firmsG subject to this Module wishing to go further than the CBB's minimum requirements, further guidance and best practice are set out in Chapter PD-3.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.14 Module EN — Enforcement

        • ES-1.14.1

          This Module outlines enforcement powers and processes that may be applied by the CBB to address failures by insurance licenseesG , approved personsG or registered persons. The purpose of such measures is to encourage a high standard of compliance by all those authorised by the CBB, thus reducing risk to policyholdersG and the financial system.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.14.2

          The enforcement measures contained in the Module are of varying severity and will be used in keeping with the CBB's assessment of the contravention, reserving the most serious enforcement measures for the most serious of contraventions.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.14.3

          The CBB follows a proportionality principle in its enforcement measures, and will usually opt for the least severe of appropriate enforcement measures, consistent with the desired outcome. The CBB's enforcement approach includes:

          (a) Formal requests for information;
          (b) Investigations;
          (c) Formal warnings;
          (d) Directions;
          (e) Financial penalties;
          (f) Administration;
          (g) Cancellation of license;
          (h) Cancellation of "fit and proper" approval; and
          (i) Cancellation of registration (for actuariesG , loss adjustersG and appointed representativesG only).
          Amended: October 2009
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.14.4

          A reminder of criminal sanctions in the CBB Law and other legislation is set out in Chapter EN-10.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.15 [This Section was deleted in October 2012 as it is included in Chapter BC-4]

        • ES-1.15.1

          [This Paragraph was deleted in October 2012].

          Deleted: October 2012
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

        • ES-1.15.2

          [This Paragraph was deleted in October 2012].

          Deleted: October 2012
          Adopted: January 2007

      • ES-1.16 Module CP — Compensation

        • ES-1.16.1

          This Module provides space, for possible inclusion at a later date, for a description of a policyholderG protection scheme, should such a scheme be developed in cooperation with the industry.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-1.17 Module CI — Captive Insurers

        • ES-1.17.1

          This Module provides a summary of Rules and Guidance applicable to captive insurance firmsG , that are contained in the main subject Modules of Volume 3 (Insurance). Module CI (Captive Insurers) only contains Guidance material.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.17.2

          While Module CI is primarily focused for captive insurersG , it contains the requirements that would need to be fulfilled by captive management firms (insurance managersG ), in meeting the regulatory obligations of captive insurersG .

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.17.3

          The Module extracts several of the rules applicable to captive insurersG , and tailored to meet the unique nature of captive insurersG , including:

          (a) The option to be licensed as a special purpose vehicle (SPV), specifically established to carry out the activities of a captive insurerG (Module AU);
          (b) Lighter requirements with respect to high-level controls (Module HC);
          (c) Exemptions to rules in respect of due diligence requirement for client records, approval for corporate and trade names and pre-approval for distribution of dividends to shareholdersG (Module GR);
          (d) Capital requirements based on the type (Category C1G  or Category C2G firm) of captive insurersG (Module CA);
          (e) Exemptions from quarterly and group financial reporting (Module BR); and
          (f) The non-application of public disclosure requirements for captive insurersG (Module PD).
          Amended: April 2011
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

      • ES-1.18 Module IM — Insurance Intermediaries and Managers

        • ES-1.18.1

          This Module provides a summary of Rules and Guidance applicable to insurance intermediariesG (insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG ) and insurance managersG , that are contained in the main subject Modules of Volume 3 (Insurance). Module IM (Insurance Intermediaries and Managers) only contains Guidance material.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.18.2

          The regulated insurance servicesG of insurance consultantsG and insurance managersG are defined in Section AU-1.4, detailing the type of services that can be offered by these intermediaries.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.18.3

          The category of insurance managerG is being introduced in the Rulebook, as the CBB has also introduced a regulatory framework to cater to the unique nature of captive insurersG . The CBB recognises that, in most cases, the operations of captive insurersG are sub-contracted to insurance managersG . To simplify the approval of the management subcontracted by a captive insurerG , the licensing of insurance managersG will have been considered by the CBB in detail as part of its licensing process.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.18.4

          The Module extracts the rules applicable to insurance intermediariesG and insurance managersG , including:

          (a) The requirements to have in place professional indemnity coverage for insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG . (Module GR);
          (b) The capital requirements for insurance intermediariesG and insurance managersG (Module CA); and
          (c) Exemptions from quarterly and group financial reporting (Module BR).
          Amended: January 2007
          Amended: October 2007

      • ES-1.19 Module TA — Takaful/retakaful

        • ES-1.19.1

          This Module provides a summary of Rules and Guidance applicable to takafulG and retakafulG business that are contained in the main subject Modules of Volume 3 (Insurance). Module TA (Takaful/retakaful) only contains Guidance material.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.19.2

          Module TA recognises the unique nature of the takafulG /retakafulG business and has carved out Rules in instances where conventional Rules could not be applied to a takafulG entity.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-1.19.3

          Included in the Rules tailored to meet the requirements of the takafulG industry are:

          (a) The requirement for takafulG firms to have a Shari'a Supervisory BoardG in addition to a Board of Directors (Module HC); and
          (b) Capital and solvency Rules taking into account the participants' funds and the possibility of Qard Hassan from the shareholder fund in instances where the takafulG fund does not fully meet the liquidity requirements (Module CA).
          Amended: April 2014
          Amended: January 2007

    • ES-2 Transition Rules

      • ES-2.1 General Requirements

        • ES-2.1.1

          Insurance licenseesG who were licensed prior to the publication of Volume 3 (Insurance), do not need to resubmit an application for a license.

        • ES-2.1.2

          Insurance licenseesG licensed prior to 1 June 2005 will have their license category, and the scope of their authorisation, confirmed in an exchange of letters.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-2.1.3

          Insurance licenseesG licensed prior to 1 June 2005, must comply with all other requirements of the Rulebook, when these take effect on 1 June 2005, unless different transition arrangements have been agreed in writing with the CBB beforehand or in accordance with the transition rules incorporated throughout in this Module.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-2.2 Module AU — Authorisation

        • ES-2.2.1

          In instances where an insurance licenseeG carries on a commercial business, at the time where the Insurance Rulebook becomes effective, the insurance licenseeG must notify the CBB to establish the transitional rules in relation to this prohibited activity (refer to AU-1.1.11).

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-2.3 Module HC — High-Level Controls

        • ES-2.3.1

          Insurance brokersG who were licensed prior to the introduction of Volume 3 (Insurance), and who were unincorporated entities or natural persons at that time, may continue as such until 31 December 2006.

        • ES-2.3.2

          [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2011].

          Deleted: April 2011
          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-2.3.3

          The updated Module is effective on 1st January 2011. All insurance licenseesG to which Module HC applies must be in full compliance by the financial year end 2011.

          Added: April 2011

      • ES-2.4 Module AA — Auditors and Actuaries

        • ES-2.4.1

          [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2014.]

          Deleted: April 2014
          Amended: July 2007

        • ES-2.4.2

          [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2014.]

          Deleted: April 2014
          Amended: April 2008
          Adopted: January 2007

        • ES-2.4.3

          The first five year-period where the requirement for the rotation of audit partner referred to in Paragraph AA-1.3.1 takes effect, ends 31 December 2010. Therefore, unless there has been a change in the partner appointed since the Rulebook was issued in May 2005, or if a company has been licensed since the Rulebook has been issued, insurance licensees will need to have a new partner responsible for the audit engagement for the year 2011.

          Adopted: October 2007

      • ES-2.5 Module GR — General Requirements

        • Books and Records (GR-1)

          • ES-2.5.1

            All insurance licenseesG must comply with the requirements for books and records outlined in Chapter GR-1, effective 1 July 2005.

        • Professional Indemnity Coverage (GR-10)

          • ES-2.5.2

            Except as provided for by Paragraph ES-2.5.3, professional indemnity coverage requirements must be met by insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG by 31 December 2005.

          • ES-2.5.3

            Unincorporated Bahraini insurance brokersG licensed prior to 1 June 2005 must meet the professional indemnity coverage requirements by 31 December 2006.

        • Appointed Representatives (GR-9)

          • ES-2.5.4

            Requirements for the registration of appointed representatives and minimum qualifications as outlined in Chapter GR-9 are effective 1st January 2010.

            Adopted: October 2009

      • ES-2.6 Module CA — Capital Adequacy

        • ES-2.6.1

          Except as otherwise noted below, the requirements of Module CA are to be implemented, effective 31 December 2005.

        • Insurance Firm

          • ES-2.6.2

            Bahraini insurance firmsG licensed prior to 1 April 2005 that do not meet the requirements of Paragraph CA-1.2.1, will be required to meet the requirements for minimum Tier 1 capital by 31 December 2007. In addition, the requirements to maintain a capital available in excess of the greater of the Required Solvency Margin and minimum fund must be met by insurance firmsG by 31 December 2005. Insurance firmsG who are in run-off and whose license is restricted from entering into new contracts of insurance as per Paragraph GR-8.1.8, are grandfathered and not required to apply the requirements of Paragraph CA-1.2.1.

            Amended: January 2007
            Amended: October 2007

        • Insurance Broker

          • ES-2.6.3

            In respect of licensees who were carrying out activities that fall within the definition of the regulated activity of insurance brokerG prior to 1 April 2005, the requirements of Paragraph CA-1.3.1 (capital requirements) will apply from 1 January 2007.

            Amended: January 2007

        • Takaful Firms

          • ES-2.6.4

            Where a takaful firmG was licensed prior to the Rulebook coming into force, Section ES-2.6.5 applies.

            Amended: April 2014
            Amended: October 2007
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-2.6.5

            A takaful firmG operating on a basis other than that prescribed by Paragraph CA-8.2.1 at the date the Rulebook comes into force, must in respect of all takafulG contracts written after this date, manage those contracts in accordance with Paragraph CA-8.2.1. TakafulG contracts written before this date hereafter referred to as pre-existing contracts, must continue to be managed in accordance with the takafulG model or models operated by the takaful firmG prior to Paragraph CA-8.2.1 coming into force, until such time as all obligations of the takafulG fund or funds under those pre-existing contracts have been discharged in full.

            Amended: April 2014
            Amended: October 2007
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-2.6.6

            [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2014.]

            Deleted: April 2014
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-2.6.7

            [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2014.]

            Deleted: April 2014
            Amended: October 2007
            Amended: January 2007

          • ES-2.6.8

            [This Paragraph was deleted in April 2014.]

            Deleted: April 2014
            Amended: January 2007

      • ES-2.6AA1 Module BC – Business Conduct

        • ES-2.6AA1.1

          All insurance licenseesG must have appropriate customer complaints handling procedures and systems for effective handling of complaints made by customers by 31st March 2012.

          Added: April 2012

      • ES-2.6AA2 Module CL – Client Money

        • ES-2.6AA2.1

          All insurance brokersG and appointed representativesG and where applicable, insurance firmsG , must comply with the requirements of Module CL, effective 1st July 2012 (See Paragraph CL-A.1.5).

          Added: April 2012

      • ES-2.6A Module RM — Risk Management

        • ES-2.6A.1

          Insurance licenseesG are required to comply with physical security measures and third party insurance (Paragraphs RM-6.1.13 to RM-6.1.17), by 31 December 2006.

          Amended: January 2007

      • ES-2.6B Module FC — Financial Crime

        • ES-2.6B.1

          For the year ending 31 December 2006, insurance licenseesG must submit the report required as per Paragraph FC-3.3.1 (d), no later than 30 June 2007.

          Adopted: January 2007

      • ES-2.7 Module BR — CBB Reporting

        • ES-2.7.1

          The first Insurance Firm Return (IFR) for both conventional insuranceG firmsG and takaful firmsG , required under Section BR-1.1, must be submitted to the CBB for the financial year ending 31 December 2006.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-2.7.2

          The first Group Insurance Firm Return (GIFR) for insurance firmsG , required under Section BR-1.3, must be submitted to the CBB for the financial year ending 31 December 2006.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-2.7.3

          The first quarterly return (IFRQ) for insurance firms, required under Section BR-1.4, must be submitted to the CBB for the quarter ending 31 March 2007.

          Amended: January 2007

        • ES-2.7.4

          The first annual return (IBR) for insurance brokersG , required under Section BR-1.2A, must be submitted to the CBB for the semi-annual period ending 31 December 2012.

          Added: April 2012

        • ES-2.7.5

          The first semi-annual return (IBRS) for insurance brokersG , required under Section BR-1.4A, must be submitted to the CBB for the semi-annual period ending 30 June 2012.

          Added: April 2012

      • ES-2.8 Module PD — Public Disclosure

        • ES-2.8.1

          For purposes of Chapter PD-2, semi-annual disclosure requirements are effective for the period ending 30 June 2008.

          Amended: January 2007

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