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IRDAI Amends Norms Related to Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors: Analysis

Sonal Pruthi

| Updated: Feb 03, 2021 | Category: IRDA

IRDAI Norms

The article envisages about, IRDAI norms related to Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors. The objective of the amendment is to amend the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India –IRDA (Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors) Regulation, 2015. The amendment relates to providing the enabling environment to the Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors for rendering the services to the policyholders. The amendment shall affect the IRDA Insurance License holders.

Notification F.No. IRDAI/Reg/4/170/2020

The central aspect of the notification of IRDAI norms relates to the Application for and matters relating to, the grant of License to Individual Surveyors, and Loss Assessors under the IRDA Insurance License holders. It relates to the Application for grant of new corporate license and related matters such as fee structure, Application for allotment of renewal license of individual, corporate surveyor, and loss assessor, and changes in the duties and responsibilities of surveyor and loss assessor.

Who is an Insurance Surveyor?

As per the IRDAI norms,

Section 64 of the UM of the Insurance Act, 1938 has mandated the licensing of Surveyors and Loss Assessors for settlement of losses above Rs 20, 000 given under the policy of general insurance. The insurance surveyors and loss assessors are the service provider for the motor and fire insurance claim to the company – the general insurance company. Their work is to carry out the claim surveys and estimate the quantum of losses. IRDA has been authorized to license the eligible persons, to act as a surveyor and loss assessor. IRDA has framed the Insurance Surveyors and Loss assessors (Licensing & Professional requirement & code of conduct) Regulations, 2000, the powers vested under the Section 42D, 64UM, and 114A of the Insurance Act 1938[1] and section 26 of IRDA Act 1999.

Changes Introduced by IRDAI norms for Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors

Changes Introduced by IRDAI norms for Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors

The changes are in the regulations of the IRDA (Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors) Regulation, 2015 are such follows:

  1. Regulation 3(1)

According to this Regulation, the Application for and the matters relating to the grant of license to individual Insurance Surveyor and loss assessor has been changed. As per the new regulation 3 (1), it states, that every person who is a student member as defined under rules and intending to act as Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor of the general insurance business shall apply to the authority for the grant of license in the form prescribed by the authority. There is defined eligibility and passing of examination criterion,

  1. Regulation 3(9)

According to this regulation, it specifies the grant of license. The regulation has been amended. The new regulation adds that, the authority shall grant under the FORM-IRDAI-2-LF as given in the Schedule-II, on being satisfied that the applicant is eligible for the grant of license and when applied online, after mentioning his membership number and particular class and department or the subject of general insurance business such as-fire, motor, cargo, marine, loss or profit, crop and miscellaneous. The physical copy shall be issued on filing the Application for it.

  1. Regulation 4(1)

According to this Regulation, it specifies the grant of Application for the new corporate license. The regulation has been amended. The new regulation states that, the new form FORM-IRDAI-17-AF has been specified for obtaining the corporate Surveyor and Loss Assessor license.

  1. Regulation 54

According to this Regulation, the fees structure has been laid down. The amendment has changed it. The fees payable for the grant of Individual Insurance Surveyor License and Loss Assessor is 1000 rupees and for being a corporate surveyor and Loss Assessor is Rs. 5000. The fees are non-refundable, which is applied for grant and renewal of the license.

Purpose of Amendments to Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors Functioning as per IRDAI norms

The purpose of the amendment is to regulate the working and functioning of the Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors. They play a vital role in granting insurance. The insurance sector is at boom, and some changes will modify the functioning where the insurance companies are being troubled in passing the un-necessary claims.

The primary aim of the amendment is to attract the younger generation for the roles or appointment as Insurance Surveyor and Loss Assessor. The IRDAI has decided to amend the regulatory framework of the IRDA (Insurance Surveyors and Loss Assessors) Regulation, 2015).

It can be computed that the in the insurance claim, payment is the truth and reality. The insurance surveyor plays a crucial role in disbursing that claim. He assesses the loss and evaluates for the general insurance claims.

Features of the Amendment according to IRDAI norms

Features of the Amendment according to IRDAI norms
  1. Online Processing– It has been added in the amendment, that to increase focus on the online processing of the documents which involves granting of licensing and renewal of licenses.
  2. Fees Structure – The fees structure has been revised to invite more applicants. It has kept the minimum fees of 1000rs.
  3. Corporate Assessors – The LLP-Limited Liability Partnership and the existing partnership, and together they are termed as corporate assessors.
  4. Ease in educational eligibility
  5. Enhancing the loss limits – The loss limits have been increased for the appointment of surveyors, that is, in case of the Surveyor, Motor Insurance is Rs.75,000 and other than Motor Insurance which is Rs. 1,50,000.
  6. Introduction of Transitory Provisions
  7. No Practical Training – The practical training has been made redundant. A new provision of high quality based on the relevant syllabus with practical orientation in the content.
  8. Revisions in the duties of the Surveyors – The responsibilities and roles of surveyors have been amended.
  9. Revision of Timelines – The timelines for the submission of survey reports have been increased. They are aligned as per the IRDA (Protection of Policyholders) Act, 2017.
  10. Defining the code of conduct – The Amendment has defined the code of conduct for the in-house surveyors.

Conclusion

It can be concluded that the amendment is with purview of IRDAI norms for the insurance surveyors and loss assessor with the purpose to increase the assessment of loss limit, to reduce the litigation in it. The limits have been revised and expanded from Rs.50, 000 to Rs.75, 000 in Motor Insurance and others from Rs1, 00,000 to Rs.1.5 Lakhs in other than Motor Insurance cases. The limits have been amended to hike the self-assessment for the customers. Now, customers will not have to wait for the number of days for the insurance surveyor to assess their claim. The amendment will ease the business of the insurance companies in case of the other claims. It is regarded as a customer-friendly move.

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Sonal Pruthi

She is B.Com (H), LL.B LLM, Cs (Module 2) And Certification In Cyber Law From ILI Qualified. She has Been A Legal Teacher In The Previous Organization. My Strength Is My Expertise Knowledge In Civil Laws, Corporate Law And Tax Laws. I Have Been Legal Teacher And Legal Trainer In The Past Organization. Her Knowledge About The Subjects Have Expanded Due To Teaching Number Students From Various Universities All Over India.

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