PRA Solvency II conference - PwC comments

Published at 10:33 AM on 13 December 2013

At the PRA's Solvency II conference yesterday, the regulator explained that they expect Solvency II to be demanding for all insurance firms, including their expectation that all firms will need to comply with the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority ("EIOPA") preparatory guidelines that come into effect from 1 January 2014.

Charles Garnsworthy, PwC's UK Solvency II Leader commented:

"The PRA indicated it expects Pillar 3 to present the greatest challenge to most firms. PwC's recent industry survey revealed that 75% of insurers expect to invest in new systems to meet the Solvency II Pillar 3 requirements. The majority of firms should plan to report to their supervisors from mid 2015. Currently we expect this may apply to all priority 1, 2 and 3 firms plus the subsidiaries of large groups.

"There's still much to be done on Pillars 1 and 2 as well. On Pillar 2 the PRA has indicated it expects all firms to submit an ORSA in 2014 and a further developed ORSA in 2015.

"Regarding the Pillar 1 capital requirements, firms that plan to use an internal model must hit their approval slot. If not they will go to the back of the queue. Firms must have a contingency plan in place in case they don't get their internal models approved in time. Even firms taking the "standard formula" route need to be communicating now with their supervisor, especially if they intend to make use of undertaking-specific parameters or partial internal models.

"Resourcing is likely to be a major challenge in all of this, not least for the PRA itself. Firms therefore need to take the initiative and ensure they get their submissions right first time, to get the right capital assessment in place for the go live date of 1 January 2016."


Miranda Ward

PwC | Financial Services PR
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