Requirements for Registration as a Claims Negotiator under the Insurance Act 2001
The following are some of the conditions, which must be fulfilled before an application for registration as a claims negotiator (partnership or corporate body) under the Insurance Act 2001 can be considered:
- The applicant must apply to the Financial Services Commission (FSC) under the new Insurance Act 2001 in two stages:
- Firstly, submit educational and experience qualifications of the partners, directors, senior managers, individual claim negotiators for assessment and
- secondly, apply for registration within sixty (60) days after receipt of notification that the requirements of (a) above have been satisfied
In respect of (a) above the submission should include:
- Information as at item 9 below
- Copies of certificates certified by one of the following:- Justice of the Peace,
– Minister of Religion,
– Notary Public,
– Inspector of Police or any rank above
– Registration Officer at the FSC
NB. The person who certifies the document above should (in addition to affixing his/her signature) stamp or state legibly his/her name, official capacity and business address or parish of commission.
- Two references, their names, addresses and work & home telephone numbers.
- The entity must first be incorporated and registered under the Companies Act, 2004, the Partnership Act (as appropriate) and the Registration of Business Names Act to transact insurance claims negotiating business.
- An application must be submitted in the required form, a copy of which may be obtained from the Registrar at the Financial Services Commission or on the FSC’s website, www.www.fscjamaica.org.
- Copies of the Articles and Memorandum of Association or the Partnership Agreement, certified by the Companies Office of Jamaica, must be submitted.
- The applicant, upon registration, will be required to effect Errors and Omission insurance coverage at the minimum level of One Million Jamaican Dollars (J$1,000,000) within forty-five (45) days after being registered. However, evidence of an undertaking by an insurer to provide this cover upon registration (inclusive of evidence of the relevant deductible) must be submitted with the application.Note that the policies referred to shall contain an endorsement that stipulates that the insurer must notify the FSC of any cancellation or non- renewal of the above policies. Such information is to be received by the FSC at least thirty (30) days before taking effect. Evidence that the insurer has agreed to this must be submitted.
- The audited opening balance sheet or most recent audited financial statement of the applicant’s firm /company and certificate of allocation of shareholdings in the company must be submitted.
- The application for registration should be accompanied by a business plan which should include, among other things, a three-year projection of income from claims negotiation, on a class-by-class basis, and other income together with an itemized statement of Projected Expenses.
- Where the applicant has operated as a claims negotiator in Jamaica immediately before the effective date of the Insurance Act, the application should be accompanied by a letter from at least two clients indicating that they are satisfied with the competence and method of conduct of business of the applicant and the ethical standards maintained by the applicant in the performance of its work as a claims negotiator.
- The applicant must have as partners or at board level persons with appropriate experience and professional qualifications as follows:
- ACII (Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute) or equivalent plus at least 3 years experience in insurance operations, or
- FLMI (Fellow of the Life Management Institute) certification or equivalent plus at least 5 years experience in insurance operations, or
- A minimum of ten years experience at management level in the insurance industry in the area of operations.
- The applicant will require suitable clerical, typing and accounting staff and processing systems either on a full-time basis or through an out- sourced facility.
- Each of the persons managing or controlling the body must satisfy the fit and proper criteria; the initial stage of which is the completion of the appropriate questionnaire. Persons required to complete this form are all directors, all senior managers, shareholders owning ten (10%) or more of the shareholding and all individual claims negotiators in the firm/company.
- An Organizational chart indicating the names of the persons designated for each senior post is to be submitted.
- A Corporate Organizational chart showing all related entities (parent company, ultimate holding company, fellow subsidiaries, subsidiaries and associated companies) must be submitted.
- A list of the shareholders and directors of the parent company and the ultimate holding company where the latter is different from the former.The fees for the application for registration as a claims negotiator are set out below for the various classes of business. They are to be made payable to the Financial Services Commission and paid at its offices (see address below) and a copy of the receipt submitted with the application.
- The fees for the application for registration as a claims negotiator are set out below for the various classes of business. They are to be made payable to the Financial Services Commission and paid at its offices (see address below) and a copy of the receipt submitted with the application.
- The applicant will also be required to pay (for renewal purposes) an annual fee, not later than the fourteenth (14th) day of January in each year. Such fees, which are set out below, are to be made payable to the Financial Services Commission and are to be paid at its offices (see address below).
- It is expected that applicants will apprise themselves of all the other requirements of operation by reading the relevant laws and ensuring that they will be able to meet the required standards before applying.
- Copies of the Insurance Act 2001 and Insurance Regulations 2001 can be obtained at:
- Further queries can be directed to: