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Application provision

1.1 Unless otherwise stated, this Part applies to a small non-directive insurer.

1

Application and Definitions

1.1

07/03/2016

Unless otherwise stated, this Part applies to a small non-directive insurer.

1.2

07/03/2016

In this Part, the following definitions shall apply:

commencement date

has the meaning given in Non-Solvency II Firms - Senior Insurance Managers Regime - Transitional Provisions.

current approved person approval

means

    1. (1) an approval granted to a person under section 59 of FSMA (Approval for particular arrangements):
      1. (a) by the PRA for the performance of a senior insurance management function; or
      2. (b) by the FCA for the performance of a significant influence function;
    2. (2) a deemed approval given by:
      1. (a) the PRA following the submission of a grandfathering notification under:
        1. (i) Senior Insurance Managers Regime – Transitional Provisions;
        2. (ii) Large Non-Solvency II Firms – Senior Insurance Managers Regime – Transitional Provisions; or
        3. (iii) Non-Solvency II Firms – Senior Insurance Managers Regime – Transitional Provisions; or
      2. (b) the FCA under any equivalent rules in the FCA Handbook; or
    3. (3) for the purposes of 2.5(2) and 2.6(1), an approval granted to that person under section 59 of FSMA by either the PRA or the FCA to perform a controlled function prior to the commencement date but which ceased (i) on or before the commencement date; and (ii) during the six-month period specified in 2.5(2) and 2.6(1), as the case may be.

grandfathering notification

has the meaning given in Non-Solvency II Firms - Senior Insurance Managers Regime - Transitional Provisions.

regulatory body

means any authority, body or person having, or who has had, responsibility for the supervision or regulation of any regulated activities or other financial services, whether within the United Kingdom or overseas.

scope of responsibilities form

means the form to be completed by a firm containing the information referred to in Non-Solvency II Firms - Fitness and Propriety 4.1(2).

senior insurance management approval application

means an application for approval to perform a senior insurance management function under section 59 of the FSMA.

significant influence function

has the meaning given in the FCA Handbook.

2

Application to Perform a Senior Insurance Management Function

2.1

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that a firm must make a senior insurance management approval application in accordance with 2.2, before the activities requiring approval commence.

2.2

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that a firm must use Form A (long form) for a senior insurance management approval application unless:

  1. (1) the firm must use Form E under 2.3; or
  2. (2) the firm must use Form A (shortened form) under 2.6.

2.3

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that, subject to 2.4 and 2.5, a firm must use Form E for a senior insurance management approval application if it is being made in respect of a person who has a current approved person approval and is either:

  1. (1) ceasing to perform a senior insurance management function and taking up a new senior insurance management function for the same firm or another member of its group; or
  2. (2) ceasing to perform a significant influence function and taking up a senior insurance management function for the firm or another member of its group.

2.4

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that a firm must not use Form E for a senior insurance management approval application if:

  1. (1) a notification has been made or should be made to the PRA under any of the rules in Notifications 11 or to the FCA under any equivalent provisions of the FCA Handbook;
  2. (2) any of the circumstances in 4.2(2)(a) to (d) apply in relation to:
    1. (a) any controlled function that that person is ceasing to perform; or
    2. (b) any controlled function that that person is continuing to perform in relation to that firm or a firm in the same group.

2.5

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that a firm must not use Form E if the person to whom the senior insurance management approval application relates:

  1. (1) has never before been approved:
    1. (a) by the PRA to perform a controlled function; or
    2. (b) by the FCA to perform a significant influence function for any firm;
  2. or
  3. (2) has not been the subject of a current approved person approval in relation to any firm for more than six months prior to the date of application.

2.6

07/03/2016

  1. (1) The PRA directs that a firm must use Form A (shortened form) for a senior insurance management approval application if:
    1. (a) the person to whom the application relates:
      1. (i) has at the time of application a current approved person approval; or
      2. (ii) has had a current approved person approval within the previous six months; and
    2. (b) there have been no matters arising in relation to the fitness and propriety of the person to whom the senior insurance management approval application relates which mean that the information provided to the FCA or PRA regarding fitness and propriety in connection with a current approved person approval may have changed since the application for the current approved person approval was made.
  2. (2) A firm must not use Form A (shortened form) if the circumstances set out in 2.3 apply.

2.7

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that the form submitted for a senior insurance management approval application must be accompanied by a scope of responsibilities form.

3

Withdrawal of a Senior Insurance Management Approval Application

3.1

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that a firm withdrawing an outstanding senior insurance management approval application must do so using Form B.

4

Ceasing to Perform a Senior Insurance Management Function

4.1

07/03/2016

  1. (1) A firm must notify the PRA no later than seven business days after a person ceases to perform a senior insurance management function, using:
    1. (a) Form E if a person ceases to perform a senior insurance management function and the firm is also making an application for the same person to perform a new senior insurance management function; and
    2. (b) in all other cases, Form C.

4.2

07/03/2016

  1. (1) A firm must notify the PRA as soon as practicable after it becomes aware, or has information which reasonably suggests, that it will submit a qualified Form C in respect of a senior insurance management function holder.
  2. (2) Form C is qualified if the information it contains:
    1. (a) relates to the fact that the firm has dismissed, or suspended, the senior insurance management function holder from its employment;
    2. (b) relates to the resignation by the senior insurance management function holder while under investigation by the firm, the PRA or any other regulatory body;
    3. (c) includes a notification under any of the provisions set out in 2.4(1); or
    4. (d) otherwise reasonably suggests that it may affect the PRA’s assessment of the senior insurance management function holder’s fitness and propriety.

5

Change in Details Relating to Senior Insurance Management Function Holders

5.1

07/03/2016

If a senior insurance management function holder's title, name or national insurance number changes, the firm for which the person performs a senior insurance management function must notify the PRA of that change within seven business days of the firm becoming aware of the matter, using Form D.

5.2

07/03/2016

If, in relation to a firm which has submitted an application on either Form A (long or shortened form) or Form E, as required by 2.2, any of the details relating to senior insurance management functions are to change, the firm must notify the PRA using Form D as soon as reasonably practicable after the firm becomes aware of the proposed change.

6

Procedure for Making Applications and Notifications

6.1

07/03/2016

The PRA directs that, save as required by 6.2, a firm must make any applications, notifications or submissions required by this Part by submitting the form specified using the ONA system.

6.2

07/03/2016

If, under any direction or rule in this Part:

  1. (1) a firm is required to make an application, notification or submission online; and
  2. (2) the information technology systems used by the PRA fail and online submission is unavailable for 24 hours or more,

until such time as facilities for online submission are restored, a firm must submit the specified form in the way set out in Notifications 7.

7

Forms

7.1

07/03/2016

  1. (1) Form A (long form) may be found here.
  2. (2) Form A (shortened form) may be found here.
  3. (3) Form B may be found here.
  4. (4) Form C may be found here.
  5. (5) Form D may be found here.
  6. (6) Form E may be found here.
  7. (7) The scope of responsibilities form may be found here.