Media Release
17 November 2017


A guide to good practice for delegated authority arrangements in the London company market has been published by the International Underwriting Association. The document urges firms to keep customer impacts uppermost in mind when outsourcing particular functions. It highlights the need for detailed risk assessments when selecting new coverholders and stresses the importance for comprehensive ongoing oversight of any partners.

The IUA’s recent London Company Market Statistics Report identified nearly £3bn of delegated authority premium written by London Market companies in 2016. Produced by the association’s Delegated Authority Underwriting Group, the new good practice guide covers arrangements for outsourcing throughout the insurance process, from underwriting and distribution through to claims and complaint handling. 

IUA chief executive Dave Matcham said: “Delegated authorities are an increasingly popular business model for many companies. They can offer significant benefits for both parties to a contract and help establish more competitive markets. Companies can provide services locally without expensive new infrastructures and clients are offered greater access to capital and expertise.

“In order for such set-ups to work successfully, however, it is important that firms carefully consider which functions are appropriate to be outsourced, choose the right partners with which to operate and exercise appropriate supervision. The IUA’s new guide aims to help our members comply with relevant regulations and understand the responsibilities they continue to have to clients.”

Rules for delegated authorities have been issued under several pieces of regulation by both UK and European authorities. The IUA’s good practice guide summarises expectations of company behaviour from the Financial Conduct Authority, Prudential Regulation Authority and The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA).

Copies of the guide are available to download from the IUA’s website at .


Scott Farley
Director of Communications
International Underwriting Association
Tel: 0207 617 4449
Mobile: 07876 758 637

Notes to Editors:
About the IUA
The International Underwriting Association of London (IUA) represents international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies operating in or through London. It exists to promote and enhance the business environment for its members.
The IUA’s London Company Market Statistics Report shows that overall premium income for the company market in 2016 was £22.725bn. Gross premium written in London totalled £16.034bn while a further £6.691bn was identified as written in other locations but overseen by London operations.