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REGULATION, 2015

BANCASSURANCE REGULATIONS, 2015

[Gazette of Pakistan, Extraordinary, Part-II, 1st August, 2015]

S.R.O. 722(I)/2015, dated 31st July, 2015.–In exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (3) of Section 167 of Insurance Ordinance, 2000 ( XXXIX of 2000) read with clause (ii) of sub-section (1) of Section 40 and clause (u) of Section 20 of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan Act, 1997 (XLII of 1997) having been previously published in the newspapers of wide circulation for eliciting public comments, the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan, with the approval of the Policy Board, is pleased to issue the Bancassurance Regulations, 2015, namely:–

CHAPTER I

PRELIMINARY

1.     Short title, Commencement and Applicability.–(1) These Regulations may be called the Bancassurance Regulations, 2015.

(2)  They shall come into force at once.

(3)  These Regulations shall be applicable on all new insurance business written on or after January 1, 2016 under the Bancassurance Agency Agreements. However, the Insurer and the Bank shall make amendments in the existing Bancassurance Agency Agreements, wherever necessary, to comply with these Regulations no later than December 31, 2015. The Insurer shall send a written confirmation, signed by the Designated Insurance Executive, to the Commission mentioning that the necessary changes have been completed and the relationship with the Bank complies with the requirements of these Regulations.

2.     Definitions.–(1) In these Regulations, unless there is anything repugnant in the subject or context,–

(a)      “Annexure” means annexures appended to these Regulations;

(b)      “Bancassurance” means the offering, advertising, distributing, selling and/or marketing of insurance products by a Bank licensed by State Bank of Pakistan to their account holders/customers/general public through their sales and distribution channels including but not limited to branches, telemarketing centres, websites etc. by virtue of Bancassurance Agency Agreement(s) between the Insurer and the Bank;

(c)      “Bancassurance Agency Agreement” called by whatever name or title, means a legal contract between the Bank and the Insurer, under which the former acts as the corporate insurance agent of the latter, meeting all the requirements of the relevant provisions of the Ordinance and Insurance Rules;

(d)      “Bank” for the purpose of these Regulations, includes,–

(i)       a “banking company” as defined in clause (vii) of Section 2 of the Ordinance; or

(ii)      a “scheduled bank” as defined in clause (lvii) of Section 2 of the Ordinance; or

(iii)     any other institution or organisation directly or indirectly regulated by the State Bank of Pakistan;

(e)      “Bank Insurance Executive” means an employee of the Bank, by whatever name, title or designation called, directly or indirectly responsible for managing the Bancassurance arrangement for the Bank who will comply with the provisions of Sections 96 and 97 of the Ordinance;

(f)       “Certification” means the process by which a Specified Person is issued a certificate jointly by the Bank and the Insurer entitling him to solicit and procure insurance business on behalf of the Insurer under the Bancassurance Agency Agreement;

(g)      “Commission” means the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan established under Section 3 of the SECP Act 1997 (XLII of 1997);

(h)      “Designated Insurance Executive” means an employee of the Insurer, called by whatever name, title or designation, directly or indirectly responsible for managing the Bancassurance arrangement with the Bank on behalf of Insurer;

(i)       “Direct Sales Model” means a particular bancassurance distribution model where the Bank uses its own sales force to market and distribute insurance products through its network;

(j)       “Group Life Insurance Policies” means a life insurance contract having a term not exceeding one year, offered on yearly renewable term and group underwriting basis through a master policy document. The policy-holder is a company, body corporate, bank, registered association or any enterprise. It excludes group life policies with cash values and individual life policies which may be sold to a group of individuals;

(k)      “Insurer” means an insurance company registered under the Ordinance to carry on insurance business;

(l)       “Insurance Consultant” means a specified person who is an employee of the Insurer and is responsible for soliciting and procuring insurance business under the Bancassurance Agency Agreement;

(m)     “Insurance Rules” means the Securities and Exchange Commission (Insurance) Rules 2002, Insurance Rules 2002, and/or Takaful Rules 2012 or any other rule(s) issued under the Ordinance;

(n)      “Misselling” means the deliberate, reckless, or negligent sale of insurance products in circumstances where a product sold is either mis-represented or unsuitable for the customer’s needs;

(o)      “Ordinance” means the Insurance Ordinance, 2000 (XXXIX of 2000);

(p)      “Persistency” means the ratio of renewal year premiums collected in a calendar year to the premiums due in the same calendar year (the premiums due being inclusive of any increases as a result of a policy provision). The premium due in that calendar year shall include the premium in respect of policies discontinued (lapsed or surrendered) during that calendar year;

(q)      “Policy-holder” shall have the same meaning as assigned to it under clause (xlvi) of Section 2 of the Ordinance;

(r)      “Protection Products” refer to regular premium individual insurance products with no element of savings or investments for the policyholder, such as term life policies;

(s)      “Referral Model” means a particular bancassurance business distribution model where the Insurer uses its own Insurance Consultants to market and distribute insurance products through the Banks' distribution network based on sales leads generated by the Bank;

(t)      “Savings Products” refer to regular premium individual life insurance products which have a savings or investment portion for the policyholder. This includes investment linked unit linked policies, investment linked account value policies, universal life policies, and with/without profits conventional endowment and whole life plans;

(u)      “Regulations” means Bancassurance Regulations 2015;

(v)      “Specialized Training” includes orientation, particularly in the area of insurance sales, service and marketing, as per the relevant provisions of the Ordinance, the Insurance Rules and the directives issued by the Commission;

(w)     “Specified Person” means either an employee of the Bank or an employee of the Insurer who has undergone the required practical training, examination, certification in respect of Bancassurance arrangement/product, and who is responsible for soliciting and procuring insurance business for the Insurer under the Bancassurance Agency Agreement; and

(x)      “Schedule” means schedule appended to these Regulations.

(2)  All words and expressions used in these Regulations but not defined shall have the same meaning as assigned to them in the Ordinance and the Insurance Rules.

(3)  In these Regulations, the word “Takaful” may be used interchangeably with the word 'insurance', 'Family Takaful' with 'Life Insurance', 'General Takaful' with 'General Insurance', 'contribution' with 'premium', 'insured' with 'policy-holder' and 'Company' & 'Insurer' with 'Takaful Operator'. Similarly other terms used in the Takaful Rules, 2012 associated with the Takaful business may be used interchangeably with their conventional counterpart words/terms.

CHAPTER II

NATURE AND SCOPE OF BANCASSURANCE ARRANGEMENTS

3.     Basis of Contract.(1) The sale of all insurance products by any Bank (on behalf of an Insurer) must be done in such a manner which demonstrates that the prospective purchaser makes an offer (either by signing a proposal form or recording verbal consent) to enter into the insurance contract, and either the Bank (being a corporate insurance agent) on behalf of the Insurer signifies acceptance or the Insurer directly signifies acceptance.

(2)  Without the evidence of offer and acceptance, no insurance sale shall be deemed to be completed and the insurance contract shall be considered null and void.

(3)  The role and function of the Bank as a corporate insurance agent shall be subject to the provisions of Ordinance including but not limited to eligibility, qualification and liability of insurance agents.

4.     Bancassurance Arrangement between Insurer and Bank.Any Bancassurance arrangement between Insurer and Bank shall not be valid unless it incorporates the following components in the Bancassurance Agency Agreement, namely,—

(a)      It shall not contain any provisions which reduce in any way the liability or responsibility of the Insurer towards the Policy-holder under the Ordinance and Insurance Rules;

(b)      It shall specify any functions which the Insurer, as a part of such arrangement, intends to delegate to the Bank;

(c)      It shall clearly define the Certification process which shall include a definition of the training required prior to Certification;

(d)      It contains a provision which clearly states the “termination of agreement” clause and rights and obligation of the Bank and Insurer subsequent to such termination and such clause shall also state the treatment to be given to existing policyholders and remuneration to the Bank subsequent to the termination; and

(e)      It contains a provision whereby the Bank explicitly agrees to adhere to the provisions of these Regulations and the provisions of the Ordinance and the Insurance Rules in its capacity as a corporate insurance agent.

5.     Premium Collection.–(1) The Insurer may assign the responsibility of collecting premiums due on policies once issued through the Bank but before it does this, the Insurer shall ensure that the Bank has the necessary premium collection system, such as automated direct debit system, debit on credit cards or any other system, in place.

(2)  Where the Insurer is not satisfied with the Bank’s capability to collect regular premiums and to effectively follow up on premiums due but not paid, the premium collection function shall be taken over by the Insurer.

(3)  The Insurer shall also ensure that the Bank’s premium collection system is effectively working and, if it is not, shall take such action as is required to ensure that it is effective, including the withdrawal of the premium collection function from the Bank.

(4)  The Bank shall always pay the gross premium to the Insurer and shall not retain any part of the insurance premium received from the policy-holders for payment to the Insurer.

(5)  Every Bank shall, with a view to conserve the insurance business already procured through it, make every attempt to ensure remittance of the premiums by the policy-holders within the stipulated time, by notifying the policy-holders orally and in writing, or through other means such as call centre email or SMS and the Insurer shall advise the Bank of its desired level of business persistency from time to time and the Bank shall make all reasonable efforts to ensure that its systems and processes are in place to meet these levels.

(6)  In the case of life Insurance, the Insurer shall also ensure that notices under Section 93 of the Ordinance are sent to the policy-holders.

(7)  Any payment for premium made by the policy-holder and received by the Bank shall be deemed to constitute payment to the Insurer.

(8)  The policy-holder shall have a right to pay premium to the Insurer through any means legally permitted in respect of the policies purchased through a bank.

(9)  The option of premium deduction through direct debit shall be at the written consent of the policy-holders and the Bank and/or Insurer shall provide free SMS and/or Email alert to the policy-holders for premium payment through direct debit.

6.     Marketing Brochures and Sales Material.–(1) The content and layout of all marketing and sales related materials used to solicit Bancassurance business shall be approved both by the Bank and the Insurer and should not be in conflict with applicable insurance laws and regulations. The insurer shall be primarily responsible for the accuracy of all contents of advertising and sales material.

(2)  In all such sales material the relative roles of the Bank and the Insurer shall be clearly stated at a prominent place and such statement must particularly contain the fact that the Bank’s role is that of a corporate insurance agent and that the Insurer as principal is responsible for all liabilities under the policy and the name, address and contact details of the Insurer shall also be mentioned at a prominent place.

(3)  The market conduct rules and rules issued in respect of the insurance agent by the Commission shall be observed by the Bank.

(4)  For life insurance, wherever applicable, illustration of benefits, on the prescribed format provided by the Insurer shall be signed by the Specified Person and the intending Policy-holder and any insurance proposal, where the illustration of benefits is missing, unsigned or is not based on the product parameters mentioned in the proposal form, shall not be accepted by the Insurer for any further process.

(5)  The marketing brochures, sales material and bancassurance products information available on Insurer’s and Bank’s websites should be consistent with each other.

7.     Claims Handling.–(1) Under the Bancassurance arrangement, the claim adjudication and settlement shall be the responsibility of the Insurer and the Bank shall play a facilitating role by assisting the policy-holder or nominee(s), as the case may be, in claim processing. The contact details of the Insurer for claim settlement shall be prominently displayed on the insurance contract and also be made available by the Insurer to the Bank so that the information can be cascaded to the policy-holder of nominee(s) at the time claim intimation.

(2)  The Bank shall facilitate the Insurer in all possible manner in collecting the necessary documents and information related to claims, as requested by the Insurer and the Bank shall not question the information requested by the Insurer for claim adjudication and settlement, and shall not interfere with or influence the decision of the Insurer regarding the payment or repudiation of a claim.

(3)  The process of claim lodgement shall be appropriately communicated to the policy-holder alongwith the policy document and the Insurer shall acknowledge receipt of claim within seven working days along-with communication of all the required documents or information for claim processing. The Insurer shall settle a claim within a period of ninety days as provided in Section 118 of the Ordinance. Before declining a claim, on account of deficiencies in claim documents submitted, the Insurer shall communicate to the beneficiary (or the guardian as the case may be) such deficiencies within fourteen days from the date of provision of said documents to the Insurer.

(4)  The Insurer shall make the claim settlement directly in the name of the policy-holder or his nominee, as the case may be.

8.     Commission Payable to Bank.–(1) The level of commission payable to the Bank for its role of soliciting and procuring insurance business as corporate insurance agent may vary based on any performance criteria which the Insurer and Bank may agree and the rates and structure of the commission shall be clearly mentioned in the Bancassurance Agency Agreement.

(2)  Any commission to be paid by the Insurer to the Bank must be computed on premiums received by the Insurer and under no circumstances the commission on premiums to be received in future, be paid.

(3)  The Bank shall not charge, to the policy-holder, any service fee, processing fee, administration charge or any other charge unless such a charge has been included by the Insurer in the premium and communicated to the policy-holder in advance.

(4)  Nothing in Regulation 8(1) shall prevent the Insurer from sharing any third party costs incurred by the Bank related to advertising or development of marketing material subject to the limits specified under Regulation 13.

(5)  The following shall be applicable for life insurers, in addition to those stated above:–

(a)      The commission payable to the Bank shall be in the form as set out in these Regulations and shall not exceed the limits set out in these Regulations; and

(b)      Any sharing of third party costs incurred by the Bank related to advertising or development of marketing material shall be subject to the limits specified under Regulation 13.

9.     Pricing, Risk Assessment, Insurance Related Documents.–(1) Pricing of insurance products shall be the sole domain of the Insurer and the Bank shall not interfere in this process.

(2)  Risk assessment, determining the risk premium and insurance under-writing shall be the responsibility of the Insurer and the Bank shall not interfere in this process.

(3)  Where the Insurer has provided automated under-writing software to the Bank to accept and under-write insurance proposals, the Bank may use the system based on the exact guidelines provided by the Insurer. (For insurance proposals under-written through such a system, and where the policy can be issued immediately without referring the proposal to the Insurer, the Bank, based on the guidelines provided by the Insurer, may issue policy/certificate/ document to the Policy-holder).

(4)  The Bank shall abide by the guidelines provided by the Insurer for usage of the automated underwriting computer system and the use of the system by any sales channel of the Bank does not imply in any way, or entitle the Bank to represent itself or act as the insurance under writer.

(5)  The Bank’s name shall not appear in the policy document as this could mislead or deceive the buyer of the insurance product and all requirements for new products (for life insurance), as mentioned in the Ordinance, shall be complied with by the Insurer.

(6)  The Insurer shall submit a copy of the Bancassurance Agency Agreement that it has entered into with the Bank for the record of the Commission within 15 days of its execution. This requirement shall apply to both Life and Non-Life Insurers.

CHAPTER III

CODE OF CONDUCT FOR BANK, INSURER AND SPECIFIED PERSONS

10.   Code of Conduct for Bank.Every Bank shall,–

(a)      ensure that the Bank Insurance Executive and all Specified Persons are properly trained as per the relevant provisions of the Ordinance and possess sound knowledge of the insurance products they would market, and have undergone the process of the Certification.

(b)      ensure that the Bank Insurance Executive and the Specified Person do not make any mis-representation or make misleading statement to the prospect on policy benefits and returns available under the policy which may tantamount to misleading or being deceptive under the relevant provisions of the Ordinance in respect of the market conduct.

(c)      ensure that no prospect is coerced by the Bank Insurance Executive or Specified Person to buy an insurance product.

(d)      give adequate pre-sale and post-sale advices to the prospective insured in respect of the insurance product.

(e)      extend all possible assistance and cooperation to an insured/ nominee in completion of all formalities and documentation in the event of a claim; and

(f)       give due publicity to the fact that the Bank does not under-write the risk or act as an Insurer;

11.   Code of Conduct for Bank Insurance Executives and Specified Persons.(1) Every Bank Insurance Executive or Specified Person shall,–

(a)      identify that the Bank is acting as an agent of the Insurer at every meeting with the prospect and shall always ensure mentioning the name of the Insurer to the prospect;

(b)      disseminate the requisite information in respect of the insurance products offered for sale by the Insurer and take into account the needs of the prospect while recommending/tailoring a specific insurance plan;

(c)      indicate the premium to be charged by the Insurer for the insurance product offered for sale;

(d)      for an insurance product which is bundled with a Bank product, mention the cost of the insurance product and the Bank product separately;

(e)      guide the prospect in completing the proposal form and also explain to him the importance of disclosure of material information required under the relevant insurance contracts;

(f)       obtain the requisite documents at the time of completion of the proposal form by the prospect and other documents subsequently asked by the Insurer in connection therewith; and

(g)      render such assistance to the policy-holder or claimant or nominee, as may be required in complying with the requirements for settlement of claims by the Insurer.

(2)  No Specified person shall,–

(a)      solicit or procure insurance business without undergoing the certification process;

(b)      give information to the prospect which deviates from the information provided by the Insurer with regard to the insurance product;

(c)      induce or misguide the prospect to avoid disclosing any material information in the proposal form;

(d)      induce or misguide the prospect to submit incorrect information in the proposal form or documents submitted to the Insurer for acceptance of the proposal;

(e)      behave in a discourteous manner with the prospect;

(f)       interfere with any proposal introduced by any other Specified Person or any insurance agent of the Insurer;

(g)      offer different rates, benefits, terms and conditions other than those offered or agreed by the Insurer;

(h)      demand or receive a share of proceeds from the policy-holder or claimant or nominee under an insurance contract;

(i)       force a policy-holder to terminate the existing policy and to effect a new proposal from him within three years from the date of such termination; and

(j)       become or remain a director of any Insurer;

CHAPTER IV

LIMIT ON THE COMMISSION PAYABLE TO BANK

12.   Direct Sales Model.–Where Bank uses its own sales force to market and distribute insurance products through its own distribution channel then such model shall be referred to as Direct Sales Model.

(a)      Regular Premium Individual Life Plans.–(Savings Products and Protection Products)

(i)       First Policy Year Commission to Bank.–In the first policy year the commission to the bank will be subject to the maximum limit given as per Table A 1 in Schedule to these Regulations;

(ii)      Renewal years commission to Bank.–For the bank’s efforts in collecting second year and subsequent year’s premium the second policy year commission and subsequent policy year commission to the Bank (as a percentage of the corresponding policy year collected premium) will be subject to the maximum limit given as per Table A 1 in Schedule to these Regulations;

(iii)     Share in Investment Management Charge (as an alternative to second policy year and onwards commission rate).–Starting from the second policy year onwards, for investment linked unit linked and investment linked account value products, the Insurer shall be allowed to share with the Bank, a part of the investment management fee as a percentage of the net asset value (NAV) of the underlying unit linked fund, or the investment fund up to the extent of the fund attributable to the policies procured through the Bank. The maximum share of the Bank in the NAV shall at any time not exceed 50% of the total investment management fee charged by the Insurer on the fund to the extent of the policies procured through the Bank, up to a maximum of 0.75% per annum of the NAV.

(iv)     Production Bonus.–In lieu of a lower first policy year commission, an Insurer shall be allowed to pay production bonus to the Bank linked to achievement of mutually agreed new business targets. The sum of the Production Bonus percentage and first policy year commission shall not exceed the maximum commission rate mentioned in Schedule to these Regulations. The Production Bonus in aggregate as a percentage of the first policy year collected premium shall not exceed 5%.

(v)      Persistency Bonus.–For the Bank’s efforts in collecting renewal premium, and improving and maintaining persistency, an Insurer shall be allowed to pay persistency bonus to the Bank based on minimum persistency level achieved and the rates as per as per Table A 2 in Schedule to these Regulations. An Insurer may split 4th year and onward commission rates into upfront commission and targeted persistency level.

(vi)     Maximum Aggregate Commission.–The maximum commission payable, i.e. cumulative first policy year, second policy year and subsequent policy year onwards commission, as stated above, over the entire premium paying term of a policy shall not exceed the maximum limits prescribed as per Schedule to these Regulations. For policies with premium paying terms between 10 and 20 years, or terms less than 10 years, these limits shall be prorated according to premium paying term.

(b)      The maximum commission limits as per Schedule to these Regulations will also be applicable for single premium savings products, regular premium annuities, regular premium personal accident type policies, group term life policies for retail customers of Bank, including yearly renewable term policies, personal accident policies, group credit life and similar products.

13.   Sales and Marketing Incentives to Banks.–(1) To promote Bancassurance business, an Insurer shall be allowed to share with the Bank in the costs of sales and marketing incentives including sales conventions and awards called by whatever name in respect of bancassurance business. The share of the Insurer in such activities shall not exceed 5% of the first policy year collected premium.

(2)  For the purpose of sub-regulation (1) above, an Insurer shall incorporate the minimum persistency benchmarks, as given in Table A 2 and A 4 to the Schedule, with all sales and marketing incentives including sales convention at each Bank level.

(3)  All insurers shall provide a separate disclosure of expenses incurred under sub-regulation (1) above to be included in the Statement of Expenses (for aggregate bancassurance business) and Statement of Expenses (for each bank) as specified under Regulation 18(c) and 18(d) respectively.

14.   Referral Model.–(1) If an Insurer uses its own Insurance Consultants to market and distribute insurance products through the Bank’s distribution channel based on sales leads generated by the Bank such a model shall be referred to henceforth as the “Referral Model”.

(2)  The total direct expenses incurred by the Insurer in respect of new business as commission to the Bank, salaries and commission to its Insurance Consultants, sales and marketing incentives to the Bank or its Insurance Consultants and production bonuses shall be within the aggregate of all first year limits prescribed in Regulations 12 and 13 above for each type of product.

(3)  The following shall apply to Regular Premium Individual Life Plans (Savings Products and Protection Products), in addition to sub-regulations (1) and (2) where relevant:–

(a)      First Policy Year Commission to Bank (as % of first year collected premium): The first year commission to the bank shall be as per Table A 3 in Schedule. The Insurer may, based on the product structure, link the commission rate to the premium paying term of the policy, subject to the condition that the maximum commission at any premium paying term shall not exceed the above maximum limit).

(b)      Renewal Year Commission to Bank.–Bank’s effects in collecting second policy year and renewal premium, Commission to Bank (as a % of the second year collected premium) as per Table A 3 under Schedule to these Regulations.

(c)      Persistency Bonus.–For the Bank’s efforts in collecting renewal premium, and improving and maintaining persistency, an Insurer shall be allowed to pay Persistency Bonus to the Bank based on minimum persistency level achieved and the rates as per Table A 4 under Schedule to these Regulations. An Insurer may split 4th year and onward commission rates into upfront commission and targeted persistency level.

(d)      Where the Bank agrees to a commission rate which is less than the maximum prescribed in Schedule, the Insurer shall have the option to pay the difference in the commission rate as part of the second or later years' commission, provided the product structure permits such a commission structure.

(4)  An Insurer shall not give commission to a Bank in any manner other than as described above in this Regulation and Regulation 12.

15.   Commission Claw-back.–(1) This Regulation shall be applicable to regular premium individual life investment plans offered under a bancassurance arrangement as investment contracts (i.e. either investment linked unit linked policy or investment linked account value policy) or conventional non-linked policy.

(2)  Where a policy-holder has intimated, within thirteen months after the issuance of policy, to the Insurer or the Bank that the policy was missold and the Insurer subsequently determines that the policy was missold in accordance with sub-regulation (3) to (4), then the entire first year commission paid by the Insurer to the Bank will be clawed back and the minimum cash value shall be paid to the Policy-holder as per sub-regulation 16 (2).

(3)  Upon receipt of intimation from a policy-holder regarding misselling, an insurer shall be responsible to investigate that the policy was actually missold within 30 days from the date of receipt of such intimation.

(4)  For the purpose of these Regulations, an insurance policy shall be considered as missold if any of the regulatory requirements, including but not limited to: training of specified person, disclosures in marketing and sales material, financial under-writing, sales process, after sales-call and recycling of life insurance policies have not been complied with in letter and spirit.

(5)  Sub-regulation (2) shall not preclude an Insurer to entertain misselling intimations received after the aforementioned time period.

(6)  If during second policy year, the annual premium of a regular premium individual life insurance policy is reduced by more than 25% of the original annual premium, then the excessive reduction i.e. the difference between actual reduction and allowed reduction of 25% will deemed to be an adhoc premium paid by the Policy-holder in the first policy year. The excessive reduction in the annual premium (after adjusting for the first year allocation of premium in respect of the aforementioned excessive reduction) will be transferred to the Policy-holder’s investment account or unit value to give an effect that such differential premium is paid by the Policy-holder alongwith the most recent premium payment.

Explanation: For the purposes of this sub-section the term “adhoc premium” means the additional lump sum amount of premium (in addition to the regular premium) paid by the policy holder to increase the investment component (i.e. cash value) of the policy.

(7)  The differential commission will be calculated by applying the difference in commission rate in the first year between a regular premium plan and single premium plan on the excessive reduction. The differential commission will be clawed back from the Bank and retained by the Insurer.

16.   Minimum Cash Values.–(1) Notwithstanding the terms and conditions of the life insurance policy all insurers are required to pay the minimum cash values according to these Regulations.

(2)  In case of an investment contract (i.e. investment linked unit linked policy or investment linked account value policy) or conventional non-linked policy with cash value, if an Insurer has determined that the policy was missold as per sub-regulations 15 (3) to 15 (4), then 100% of the premium shall be refunded back to the policyholder by the Insurer.

17.   Sales Process for Bancassurance Business.–

(a)      Insurance Need Analysis Document.–No life insurance policy will be sold through bancassurance channel unless the specified person has carried out an “Insurance Need Analysis” of the prospective customer. A general format has been given in Annexure to these Regulations containing the minimum aspects to be covered by such a document. An Insurer may use a different format for additional information.

(b)      Format of Illustration.–The Insurer and the Bank shall ensure that no life insurance policy shall be sold through bancassurance channel unless the specified person has provided the Illustration as per the format prescribed by the Commission from time to time.

(c)      Illustration to be given as a stand-alone document.–The Bank shall ensure that the illustration has been given to a prospect as a stand-alone document enabling him to take an informed decision considering the appropriateness of a particular insurance product with his identified insurance needs. The Bank shall ensure that there must be a reasonable time period available to a prospect to understand the illustration before purchasing a life insurance product.

          Explanation: Clause (c) above is not intended to breakdown the sales process into two phases. The objective of this regulation is to ensure that the Specified Person has properly explained the product illustration to a prospective customer.

(d)      Minimum Financial Protection.–The minimum financial protection component (i.e. sum cover payable on death due to any cause) for regular premium individual life plans and single premium plan, sold through Bancassurance, shall be in accordance with the minimum financial protection prescribed under Unit Linked Products and Fund Rules, 2015 as amended from time to time. This shall be applicable to conventional non-linked products, unit linked investment linked products as well account value universal life products.

(e)      Minimum Term of the Regular Premium Individual Life Plans.–No Insurer shall issue an individual life insurance regular premium (saving) plan of a term shorter than 5 years through the bancassurance channel.

(f)       Recycling of Life Insurance Policies.–

(i)       Where a regular premium individual life policy is lapsed/ surrendered during the first three policy years, then unless that policy is reinstated (in case of lapsation), a Bank will not sell any new individual life policy to the same Policy-holder through the same Insurer or through a different Insurer within a year from the effective date of the policy acquiring lapsed/surrendered status.

(ii)      Where a regular premium individual life policy is lapsed/surrendered after the third policy year, then unless that policy is reinstated/revived or the Policy-holder has separately consented to that effect, a Bank, will not sell a similar new individual life policy to the same Policy-holder through the same Insurer or through a different Insurer within a year from the effective date of the policy acquiring lapsed/surrendered status.

(g)      Minimum Financial Under-writing.–

(i)       An Insurer shall consider the regular income of the proposed Policy-holder in determining the affordability of the policy from the perspective of policy-holder as per their existing financial under-writing guidelines applicable to direct sales force distribution channel.

(ii)      An Insurer should consider, amongst other pertinent factors, the average balance maintained by the prospect at the concerned Bank during at least the last year in assessing his annual regular income.

(h)      After Sale Call by the Insurer to All Policy-holders.–

(i)       The Insurer shall make a structured telephonic call within the free look period to all Policy-holders to confirm their understanding of the product, appropriateness of the product considering the identified insurance needs and affordability of the product for the entire term. The Insurer will retain the record of such calls, preferably using interactive voice response system, for at least 5 years or maturity of the product whichever is earlier;

(ii)      As an alternative to sub-clause (i) above, an insurer may integrate their after sale call scripts with the bank's call back confirmation mechanism to the bancassurance policy-holders. However; the product specific scripts of such calls needs to be submitted to the Commission alongwith Bancassurance Agency Agreement;

(iii)     If a Policy-holder gives an adverse response; the Insurer will return the premium to the policy-holder within 30 days of such call.

CHAPTER V

REGULATORY REPORTING OF BANCASSURANCE BUSINESS

18.   Financial Reporting.–Every Insurer shall at the expiration of each year prepare and deliver to the Commission with reference to that year's annual bancassurance business, the following statement duly audited by an approved auditor:

(a)      Statement of premium (for aggregate bancassurance business);

(b)      Statement of premium (for each Bank);

(c)      Statement of expenses (for aggregate bancassurance business);

(d)      Statement of expenses (for each Bank);

(e)      Statement of claim (for aggregate bancassurance business);

(f)       Statement of claim (for each Bank);

(g)      Statement of Commission Claw-back and Minimum Surrender Value (for aggregate bancassurance business);

(h)      Statement of Commission Claw-back and Minimum Surrender Value (for each Bank): and

(i)       Such other statements as may be specified by the Commission.

19.   Information to be provided in Financial Condition Report (FCR) in respect of Bancassurance Business.–Every life insurer carrying out Bancassurance business shall prepare and file with the Commission the following statements which shall be annexed to the financial condition report, as required under Section 50 of the Ordinance and the formats of these forms should be in accordance with the Annexure IV to the SECP (Insurance) Rules 2002 or any subsequent modification. If this information relates to a shorter period than a year, the forms may be adjusted accordingly.-

(a)      in respect of Investment Linked Business,-

(i)       Form LB-1;

(ii)      Form LB-2;

(iii)     Form LB-3;

(iv)     Form DD;

(v)      Form DDD; and

(vi)     Form DDDD;

(b)      in respect of Non-Investment Linked Business:

(i)       Form NLB-1;

(ii)      Form DD;

(iii)     Form DDD;

(iv)     Form DDDD;

(c)      in respect of Universal Life and Universal Life Hybrid Business:

(i)       FormULB-1;

(ii)      Form DD;

(iii)     Form DDD; and

(iv)     Form DDDD;

(d)      in respect of Accident and Health Insurance Business,–

(i)       Form NLB-1; and

(e)      Summary statements:

(i)       Form H;

(ii)      Form I; and

(iii)     Statement of Composition and Distribution of surplus in respect of Policy-holders' fund.

20.   Reporting of Statement of Maximum Management Expenses.–In addition to the information required under Regulations 18 and 19, every life insurer once a year, alongwith the Statement of Maximum Management Expenses as required under Sections 22(9) and 23(9) of the Ordinance, file an itemized computation for each Bank and product. This statement shall be certified by the external auditor and Appointed Actuary.

Repeal.–Bancassurance Guidelines 2010 are hereby repealed.

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SCHEDULE

Maximum Limits on Commission Payable to Bank in a Specific Policy Year

(These limits are subject to the aggregate limits as per Table B below whereas the proportionate reduction to be applied on each year’s maximum commission rate)

Table A1: Commission Schedule for Direct Sales Model

Product

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4+

Regular Premium Individual Life Plans

50%

5%

2.5%

2.5%

Single Premium Investment Plans

4%

NA

NA

NA

Regular Premium Annuities

10%

2.5%

2.5%

2.5%

Regular Premium Personal Accident

50%

40%

40%

40%

Group Credit Life and Similar Plans

50%

NA

NA

NA

Table A2: Persistency Bonus Schedule for Direct Sales Model

Product

2016

2017 and onwards

Policy Year 2

Policy Year 3

Policy Year 2

Policy Year 3

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Regular Premium Individual Life & Regular Premium Personal Accident Plans

Less than 75%

0%

Less than 85%

0%

Less than 80%

0%

Less than 87.5%

0%

75% or more but less than 80%

5%

85% or more but less than 90%

2.5%

80% or more but less than 85%

5%

87.5% or more but less than 92.5%

2.5%

80% or more

10%

90% or more

5%

85% or more

10%

92.5% or more

5%

Regular Premium Annuities

Less than 75%

0%

Less than 80%

0%

Less than 80%

0%

Less than 85%

0%

75% or more

2.5%

80% or more

2.5%

80% or more

2.5%

85% or more

2.5%

Table A3. Commission Schedule for Referral Model

Product

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Year 4+

Regular Premium Individual Life Plans

40%

5%

2.5%

2.5%

Single Premium Investment Plans

4%

NA

NA

NA

Regular Premium Annuities

7.5%

2.5%

2.5%

2.5%

Regular Premium Personal Accident

40%

30%

30%

30%

Group Credit Life and Similar Plans

40%

NA

NA

NA

Table A4: Persistency Bonus Schedule for Referral Model

Product

2016

2017 and onwards

Policy Year 2

Policy Year 3

Policy Year 2

Policy Year 3

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Persistency Level

Bonus Rate

Regular Premium Individual Life & Regular Premium Personal Accident Plans

Less than 80%

0%

Less than 87.5%

0%

Less than 82.5%

0%

Less than 90%

0%

80% or more but less than 85%

5%

87.5% or more but less than 92.5%

2.5%

82.5% or more but less than 87.5%

5%

90% or more but less than 92.5%

2.5%

85% or more

10%

92.5% or more

5%

87.5% or more

10%

92.5% or more

5%

Regular Premium Annuities

Less than 80%

0%

Less than 82.5%

0%

Less than 85%

0%

Less than 87.5%

0%

80% or more

2.5%

82.5% or more

2.5%

85% or more

2.5%

87.5% or more

2.5%

Table B. Maximum Limits on Aggregate Commission Payable to a Bank over Entire Policy Term

Maximum Aggregate Commission (excluding persistency bonus) for regular premium paying plans

For Individual Life Insurance Policies with a Premium Payment Term of

20 Years or more

10 Years

5 Years

Between 10 to 20 or 5 to 10 years

Direct Sales Model

100%

70%

30%

On linear proportionate basis

Referral Model

90%

60%

25%

Annexure

Insurance Need Analysis of Mr. ______________

Basic Information

Name

 

Address

 

Telephone (Landline/Mobile)

 

E-mail ID

 

Date of birth

 

Marital status

 

State of health

Excellent/Very good/Good/ Moderate/Poor

Smoker

Yes/No

Family Details

Number of dependents

 

Details of dependents

1

2

3

4

5

Name

 

 

 

 

 

Relationship

 

 

 

 

 

Age

 

 

 

 

 

State of Health (Excellent Very Good/Good/Moderate/Poor)

 

 

 

 

 

Occupation

 

 

 

 

 

Income if any

 

 

 

 

 

Whether financially dependent

 

 

 

 

 

Any scope of expansion of family

Yes/No

Employment Details

Occupation

 

Length of service

 

Annual Income

 

Covered under pension scheme?

 

Normal retirement age

 

Financial Details

Value of Savings and Assets

 

Details of Liabilities/ Outstanding Loan

 

Expected Inheritance

 

Pension Details

Employer’s Scheme/Insurance

 

Personal Contribution/Premium

 

Retirement Age

 

Anticipated Value

 

Future Saving Needs

For Education for Children

 

For Wedding

 

For House Purchase

 

Others

 

Existing Life Assurance Plans

Company

Policy No.

Sum Assured

Premium

Start Date

Maturity Date

Purpose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Priorities and Objectives

What is more important for you? (Please number in order of priority)

Financial Security for family in the event of death

 

Financial Security in the event of Critical Illness

 

Providing Retirement Income

 

Planning for your children’s education

 

Planning for your children’s wedding

 

Building capital through regular saving

 

Investing existing capital for better return

 

Identified Insurance Needs

Life Insurance (Death/Maturity)

 

Desirable Sum Assured

 

Health Insurance

 

Desirable limit of coverage per annum

 

Savings and Investment Planning

 

Desirable returns per annum

 

Pension planning

 

Desirable pension per annum

 

Any Additional Information

 

 

 

 

Recommendation

Life stage

Childhood/Young unmarried/ Young married/Young married with children/married with older children/post-family or pre-retirement/ retirement

Protection needs

Life & Health/Savings and Investment/Pension

Appetite for risk

Low/Medium/High

Policy recommended, including name of insurer

 

Commitment for the current/ future years

 

Whether all risk elements and details of charges to be incurred and all other obligations have been explained

 

Why you think this policy is most suited prospect

 

                       

Agent’s Certification:

I/We hereby certify that I/we believe that the product/s recommended me/us above is suitable for the prospect, based on the information submitted by him/her, as recorded above.

Dated: ____________

(Name and Signature of Agent)

Prospect’s Acknowledgement:

The above recommendation is based on the information provided by me. I have been explained about the features of the product and believe it would be suitable for me based on my insurance needs and financial objectives.

Dated: _______________

Signature of Prospect