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the largest association of Solvency ii Professionals in the
Dear Solvency ii Professional,
We are pleased to announce our updated Distance Learning and
Online Certification programs:
1. Certified Solvency ii
Professional (CSiiP) Distance Learning and Online Certification
2. Certified Solvency ii Equivalence Professional (CSiiEP)
Distance Learning and Online Certification Program
The Solvency II directive is often called
"The Risk and Compliance Managers' Full
Employment Act". It is not difficult to understand why.
Insurance and reinsurance firms compete with regulatory agencies
to hire hundreds
There is a simple reason for that:
The new fit and proper requirements.
In Article 42 of the Solvency II Directive we read:
Fit and proper
requirements for persons who effectively run the undertaking or have
other key functions
1. Insurance and reinsurance
undertakings shall ensure that all
persons who effectively run the undertaking or have other key
functions meet at all times the following requirements:
(a) their professional
qualifications, knowledge and experience are adequate to enable
sound and prudent management (fit);
(b) they are of good repute and
2. Insurance and reinsurance
undertakings shall notify
supervisory authority of any changes to the identity of the
persons who effectively run the undertaking or are responsible for
other key functions, along with all information needed to assess
whether any new persons appointed to manage the undertaking are fit
3. Insurance and reinsurance undertakings shall
notify their supervisory authority if any
of the persons mentioned in paragraphs 1 and 2 have been
replaced because they no longer fulfil the requirements referred to
in paragraph 1.
CEIOPS - Advice
for Level 2 Implementing Measures on Solvency II: System of
The provisions of Article 42(1) apply to
all persons who effectively run the
undertaking. These are not limited to the members of the
administrative, management or supervisory body, but could include
other persons such as senior managers.
The other “key
functions” are those considered critical or important in the system
of governance and include at least the risk management, the
compliance, the internal audit and the actuarial functions.
Other functions may be considered key
functions according to the nature, scale and complexity of an
undertaking’s business or the way it is organised.
Undertakings shall notify the supervisory authority which persons
effectively run the undertaking and which, if any, other key
function holders are identified for the undertaking.
addition to the qualifications that enable them to discharge their
duties in their specific areas of responsibility, the members of the
administrative, management or supervisory body should, collectively,
be able to provide for the sound and prudent management of the
In order to ensure that all persons subject to Article 42 are
proper and have the professional qualifications, knowledge and
experience necessary to competently discharge their
responsibilities, the undertaking needs to have in place appropriate
documented policies and processes for assessing fitness and
Solvency II requires
four functions to be established
as part of an undertaking’s system of governance.
• Risk management
• Internal audit
Insurers need to demonstrate that
they have sufficient in-house expertise or access to such expertise.
In order to safeguard the interests of policyholders and
beneficiaries, insurance companies must be managed soundly and
prudently. In this respect it is essential that individuals in key
positions do not pose a risk to the interests of the insurance
company or its shareholders, e.g. through conflict of interests,
inadequate knowledge of the business of insurance or through
Minimum standards are therefore set
concerning the fitness and propriety of corporate officers who
occupy key management positions.
Insurers need to demonstrate that these
persons are adequately qualified and proper to do their jobs.
This is the reason insurers and reinsurers compete to hire
qualified professionals, and Solvency ii is often called "The Risk
and Compliance Managers' Full Employment Act"
reinsurers headquartered outside the EU ('third-country insurers')
are also affected. Solvency ii includes specific rules for branches
of direct insurers headquartered outside the EU which are similar to
those applied to branches of insurers headquartered within the EU.
Many non-EU countries try hard to become Solvency ii
Equivalent. Equivalence assessments aim to ensure that the third
country regulatory and supervisory regimes provide a similar level
of policyholder/beneficiary protection as the one provided under the
Solvency II Directive.
In case of a positive equivalence
determination Member States are required to treat reinsurance
contracts concluded with undertakings having their head office in
the third country whose regime has been deemed equivalent, in the
same manner as reinsurance contracts concluded with an undertaking
which is authorised under the Solvency II Directive.
of a positive equivalence determination Member States shall not
require the localisation within the Community of assets held to
cover the technical provisions covering risks situated in the
Community, nor assets representing reinsurance recoverables.
This is the
reason Solvency ii is often called "The Risk and Compliance
Managers' Full Employment Act" even for firms headquartered outside
Dear Solvency ii Professional,
The Solvency II Association has established the
Solvency II Speakers Bureau
for firms and organizations that want to access the expertise of
Certified Solvency ii Professionals (CSiiPs) and Certified Solvency
ii Equivalence Professionals (CSiiEPs).
The Solvency II
Association will be the liaison between our certified professionals
and these organizations, at no cost. We strongly believe that this
can be a great opportunity for both, our certified professionals and
To learn more:
We have a lot of things to do. We have to learn, to know each
other, to help each other. We have to be fit and proper at all
Become a Certified
Solvency ii Professional (CSiiP) and provide independent evidence
that you understand the Solvency II framework. This certificate can
play an important role in the efforts to satisfy the fit and proper
requirements of the directive.
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