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Location: Central Bank of Bahrain Volume 3—Insurance > Part A > High Level Standards > AU Authorisation > AU-1 Authorisation Requirements > AU-1.1 Insurance Licensees > Insurance Firms > AU-1.1.15
  • Insurance Firms

    • AU-1.1.13

      For the purposes of Volume 3 (Insurance), insurance firmsG are defined as insurance licenseesG who undertake the regulated insurance serviceG of carrying on insurance business, as defined in Paragraphs AU-1.4.7 to AU-1.4.9.

      Amended: July 2007



    • AU-1.1.14

      An insurance firmG must satisfy the CBB as to its suitability for each type and class of insurance business for which it is seeking authorisation. With the exception of captive insurersG and pure reinsurersG , an insurance firmG cannot undertake both general and long-term insuranceG business. Insurance firmsG (including captive insurersG ), must operate on either conventional insurance principles or on takaful principles: they cannot combine the two.

      Amended: July 2007
      Amended: October 2007

    • AU-1.1.15

      In granting new licenses, the CBB will specify the classes of insurance for which authorisation has been granted, and on what basis (i.e. conventional insurance principles or takaful principles). For reinsurance companies, the license will restrict the insurance firmG to undertaking reinsurance business only. For captive insurersG , the license will also restrict the insurance firmG to effecting insurance contracts with its own group members only. Grandfathering provisions apply for those insurance firmsG whose past license granted them the right to undertake both general and long-term insuranceG business (composite companies). In addition, composite companies are subject to the requirements of Paragraph GR-1.1.3 with respect to separate books and records for each kind of business. The grandfathering exemption will only apply to the licensee's classes of insurance business as at 1st April 2005, i.e. when Volume 3 (Insurance) was first issued. Should the insurance licenseeG wish to add additional classes of business, it will be required to separate its general and long-term business into separate licenses.

      Amended: July 2007

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