Insurance Intermediaries Act
(Original Enactment: Act 31 of 1999)
REVISED EDITION 2000
(30th December 2000)
An Act to regulate insurance intermediaries carrying on business in Singapore.
[31st December 1999]
—(1) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires —
“accounting period”, in relation to any registered insurance broker, means the period for which the insurance broker makes up the accounts of the business carried on by him as an insurance broker in Singapore; but unless in any particular case the Authority allows those accounts to be made up for a longer or shorter period, every accounting period shall be a period of 12 months beginning from the commencement of that business or from the end of the preceding accounting period;
“Authority” means the Monetary Authority of Singapore established under the Monetary Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 186);
“direct general insurance broker” means a person who is for the time being registered under Part III in respect of general business but not any reinsurance business;
“direct life insurance broker” means a person who is for the time being registered under Part III in respect of life business but not any reinsurance business;
“general business” means all insurance business which is not life business, and shall include the effecting and carrying out by any person, not being a person licensed under the Banking Act (Cap. 19), Finance Companies Act (Cap. 108), Futures Trading Act (Cap. 116), Monetary Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 186) or Securities Industry Act (Cap. 289), of contracts for fidelity bonds, performance bonds, administration bonds, bail bonds or customs bonds or similar contracts of guarantee, being contracts effected by way of business (and not merely incidental to some other business carried on by the person effecting them) in return for the payment of one or more premiums;
“general reinsurance broker” means a person who is for the time being registered under Part III in respect of reinsurance of liabilities under insurance policies relating to general business;
“insurance agent” means a person who is or has been carrying on insurance business in Singapore as an agent for one or more insurers;
“insurance broker” means a person who is or has been carrying on insurance business in Singapore as an agent for insureds or intending insureds;
“insurance intermediary” means a person who —
for reward; and
as an agent for one or more insurers or as an agent for intending insureds,
arranges contracts of insurance in Singapore and includes an insurance broker;
“insured” includes reinsured and “insurer” includes reinsurer;
“life business” means all insurance business concerned with life policies and, in relation to an insurer, includes any type of insurance business carried on as incidental only to the insurer’s other life business;
“life reinsurance broker” means a person who is for the time being registered under Part III in respect of reinsurance of liabilities under insurance policies relating to life business;
“registered insurance broker” means a person who is for the time being registered under Part III;
(2) The definition in the First Schedule to the Insurance Act (Cap. 142) shall have effect for the construction of references in this Act to policies of insurance, policy owners and policy moneys.
(3) For the purposes of this Act, the reinsurance of liabilities under insurance policies shall be treated as insurance business of the class and type to which the policies would have belonged if they had been issued by the reinsurer.
(4) Notwithstanding anything in subsections (1) and (3), if the Authority is satisfied that any part of an insurer’s business which belongs to a particular class or type of insurance business ought in the insurer’s case to be treated as belonging to another class or type, the Authority may direct that it shall be so treated for the purposes of this Act.
(5) The operation, otherwise than for profit, of a scheme or arrangement relating to service in particular office or employment, and having for its object or one of its objects to make provision in respect of persons serving therein against future retirement or partial retirement, or against future termination of service through death or disability, or against similar matters, shall not be treated for the purposes of this Act as carrying on the business of insurance.
(6) For the purposes of this Act, references to carrying on insurance business, or any class of insurance business, in Singapore include, but include only, the receipt of proposals for, or issuing of, policies in Singapore or the collection or receipt in Singapore of premiums on insurance policies.