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Status: Please note you should read all Brexit changes to the FCA Handbook and BTS alongside the main FCA transitional directions. Where these directions apply the 'standstill', firms have the choice between complying with the pre-IP completion day rules, or the post-IP completion day rules. To see a full list of Handbook modules affected, please see Annex B to the main FCA transitional directions.

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ICOBS 6B.1 Application and purpose

Application

What?

ICOBS 6B.1.1R

1This chapter applies where a firm carries out any of the following activities in relation to a home insurance or motor insurance policy or any related additional product sold to a consumer:

  1. (1)

    setting the renewal price; or

  2. (2)

    setting the price for any additional product offered to the customer at renewal; or

  3. (3)

    determining the level of remuneration, including in particular any fees earned by the firm when distributing a product at renewal.

ICOBS 6B.1.2 R

1This chapter also applies where a home insurance or motor insurance policy is sold on a subscription basis and at any point during the lifetime of the policy, the firm increases the price of the policy.

ICOBS 6B.1.2AR

2This chapter also applies where:

  1. (1)

    a firm carries out insurance distribution activities at renewal; and

  2. (2)

    the firm either:

    1. (a)

      forgoes commission in whole or in part when selling to a new business customer; or

    2. (b)

      offers cash or cash-equivalent incentives within the meaning of ICOBS 6B.2.12R to new business customers.

Exclusions

ICOBS 6B.1.3R

1This chapter does not apply to group policies where these include, or are sold alongside, home insurance or motor insurance products.

Purpose

ICOBS 6B.1.4G

1The rules in this chapter:

  1. (1)

    promote competition through ensuring consumers have a realistic picture of the long-term cost of their chosen product when purchasing it and incentivising firms to compete for consumer business on this basis; and

  2. (2)

    protect consumers through ensuring that they are placed in a position where they can understand the long-term cost of their product.

ICOBS 6B.1.5G

1The rules in this chapter are not intended to affect how risk is priced for home insurance and motor insurance.