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FSA Solvency II delay “an opportunity”

Jim Bichard, insurance partner at PwC (pictured), said: "Today's FSA announcement is helpful as it removes some of the distracting debate and formally assumes a year's delay in implementation to 2014."

Scott Paton, insurance expert with PA Consulting Group, said: "This is a great opportunity for firms to look again at how they can improve the quality of their application."

Both said insurers would need more information from the FSA.

Paton said: "Firms must now engage with the regulator. They should be talking to their supervisors to understand which landing slot they have been given and the implications for their plans."

Bichard said: "Insurers will be keen for more detail from the FSA on the practical implications of complying with two parallel regimes in 2013. "

Paton said firm "now have a longer window meaning that there should be more time to do more things to improve the quality of their submissions and to embed the new ways of working into their organisation."

Bichard said: "The FSA's plan to extend the IMAP by over a year is likely to be met by disappointment from many of the largest insurers, especially those pushed to the back of the queue, when they have committed time and resources, including their best people, to progressing for a mid-2012 delivery.

"Insurers are likely to view the revised timetable differently depending on where they are positioned in the process."

He said: "The timetable extension risks some companies losing momentum and with little time for remediation.

Industry concerns
"This will add to the industry's concerns that any additional delays will add unnecessary costs as 'second tier' firms will have to rely increasingly on independent assurance that their model plans are fit for purpose, as indicated in May of this year.

"Given the fact that using an internal model versus the standard formula can generally produce significant capital savings, insurers will be concerned that they might be left waiting until well into 2013 to see if their model has been approved.

"The pushback on when standard models will be approved is also significant for the industry given the increase in firms who are looking to follow this route.

"Both these delays will leave little time for insurers to either make changes to their models and fully embed them in their businesses or make tailored adjustments to the standard formula before the 'go live' date."

This article first appeared on The Actuary's sister publication Postonline