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ICOB 2.6 Application to electronic media

ICOB 2.6.1G

GEN 2.2.14 R (References to writing) has the effect that electronic media may be used to make communications that are required by the Handbook to be "in writing" unless a contrary intention appears. In ICOB, the use of an electronic medium is restricted in certain circumstances to a durable medium as required by the Distance Marketing Directive1 and the Insurance Mediation Directive1.

ICOB 2.6.2G

For any electronic communication with a customer in relation to a non-investment insurance contract, a firm should:

  1. (1)

    have in place appropriate arrangements, including contingency plans, to ensure the secure transmission and receipt of the communication; it should also be able to verify the authenticity and integrity of the communication, together with the date and time sent and received; the arrangements should be proportionate and take into account the different levels of risk in a firm's business;

  2. (2)

    be able to demonstrate that the customer wishes to communicate using this medium; and

  3. (3)

    if entering into an agreement, make it clear to the customer that a contractual relationship is created that has legal consequences.

ICOB 2.6.3G

A firm should note that GEN 2.2.14 R does not affect any other legal requirement that may apply in relation to the form or manner of executing a document or agreement.