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Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD)

CII Policy Briefing

Publication date:

26 May 2017

Last updated:

22 March 2018


Policy and Public Affairs

Briefing summarising the FCA implementation of the Insurance Distribution Directive including professionalism requirements.

  • The Insurance Distribution Directive (IDD) is revision of the Insurance Mediation Directive (IMD), which was introduced by the FSA in 2005. It will come into force in October 2018.
  • The IDD introduces a new requirement for those staff that sell, advise on and transact insurance contracts for all types of insurance customers.
  • Of particular importance is the requirement for all people within this scope to complete at least 15 hours of continuing professional development per year.
  • The FCA and HM Treasury have begun consulting on implementing the IDD in time for the in force date.

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