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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 3—Insurance > Part A > High Level Standards > GR General Requirements > GR-10 Professional Indemnity Coverage
  • GR-10 Professional Indemnity Coverage

    • GR-10.1 Insurance Brokers and Insurance Consultants

      • GR-10.1.1

        Insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG must maintain professional indemnity coverage, acceptable to the CBB, with a minimum limit of indemnity for any one claim and in any one insurance period of 12 months. Insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG must provide, upon request, evidence to the CBB of the coverage in force.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.1A

        In accordance with Paragraph EN-B.3.1, insurance licenseesG may not enter into or make a claim under a contract of insurance that is intended to, or has the effect of, indemnifying them from the financial penalties provided for in Module EN.

        Added: April 2008

      • GR-10.1.2

        The requirements for professional indemnity coverage will normally be met by the insurance brokerG or insurance consultantG obtaining an insurance policy from an insurance firmG . However, upon written application to the CBB, coverage may be met by the insurance brokerG or insurance consultantG depositing with a retail bank licensed to operate in the Kingdom of Bahrain, an amount, specified by the CBB, to be held in escrow against future claims. This amount will not be less than the minimum required policy limit.

        Amended: July 2007
        Amended: April 2008

      • GR-10.1.3

        The minimum limit of indemnity is BD 100,000 for insurance brokersG and BD 75,000 for insurance consultantsG .

      • GR-10.1.4

        Other than in the case of Paragraph GR-10.1.2, the maximum excess or deductible allowable under the policy shall be BD 15,000.

      • GR-10.1.5

        Branches of insurance brokersG or insurance consultantsG of a company incorporated under the laws of its territory of incorporation must provide evidence of professional indemnity coverage maintained by their company and specifically indicating that the coverage of the professional indemnity extends to the operations of the branch resident in Bahrain.

      • GR-10.1.6

        Unless the licensee has access to the professional indemnity cover meeting the minimum requirements of Paragraphs GR-10.1.3 and GR-10.1.4 provided to its parentG company, separate professional indemnity cover will need to be provided.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.7

        Unless otherwise agreed in writing with the CBB, the policy must contain a clause that it may not be cancelled or lapsed without the prior approval of the CBB. The policy must also contain a provision for an automatic extended reporting period in the event that the policy is cancelled or lapsed, such that claims relating to the period during which the policy was in force may subsequently still be reported.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.8

        If an insurance brokerG or insurance consultantG applies to the CBB for a voluntary surrender of its authorisation, it must ensure that suitable arrangements are in place for professional indemnity coverage to continue in respect of any unreported claims arising from past sales or advice.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.9

        The CBB will not allow a voluntary surrender of authorisation to take effect until the insurance licenseeG , in the opinion of the CBB, has discharged all its regulatory responsibilities to its customersG . See also Section AU-5.5, on the cancellation of authorisation.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.10

        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 (refer to ES-2.5.2).

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.11

        Unincorporated Bahraini insurance brokersG licensed prior to 1 June, 2005 must meet the professional indemnity coverage requirements by 31 December 2006 (refer to ES-2.5.3).

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.12

        Insurance brokersG and insurance consultantsG must prominently display in their premises a notice stating that they have in place professional indemnity coverage that meet the minimum requirements of the CBB and the period of coverage, such that claims relating to the period during which the policy was in force may subsequently still be reported.

        Amended: July 2007

      • GR-10.1.13

        The above notice may be either issued by the insurance firmG providing the coverage on behalf of the insurance licenseeG , or by the licensee itself. The notice should specify the main features of the coverage maintained (or, where relevant, the amount of funds placed in escrow, in accordance with Paragraph GR-10.1.2). It should also specify the procedures for submitting a claim under the coverage maintained.

        Adopted: July 2007

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