Belgian regulatory framework for MGAs now in force

25 April 2019

On 21 November 2018 and 7 March 2019, we issued newsletters (respectively available here and here) regarding the Belgian proposal to create a new regulatory framework for managing general agents (“MGAs”) in Belgium (“Proposal”).

The Proposal was included in the Belgian law of 3 April 2019 regarding the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union (“Brexit Law”). The part of the Brexit Law establishing the new framework for MGAs entered into force on the day of publication, i.e. 10 April 2019.

This date is significant for two reasons:

  • within three months of the entry into force of the law, entities that already perform insurance underwriting activities in Belgium under an insurance intermediary licence must notify the Financial Services and Markets Authority (“FSMA”) (i.e. by 10 July 2019); and

  • within 12 months of the entry into force of the law, these entities must either stop/transfer their insurance underwriting activities or apply to the FSMA for a licence to operate as an insurance underwriter (i.e. by 10 April 2020).


Note that the same entity cannot simultaneously be broker/agent and insurance underwriter. These activities should be separated into different legal entities.

Our Regulatory Insurance team is at your disposal to determine whether you perform MGA activities and for obtaining an MGA licence.


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  • *31 October 2019

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    •  31 October 2019 if the UK holds European Elections, but UK Parliament has not ratified the WA before that date; or
    •  The 1st day of the month after ratification if UK Parliament ratifies the WA before October 2019.

  • 31 December 2019

    Following PRA's policy statement (PS10/17) - operational continuity firms are expected to submit the template (PRA109) 45 business days after the first reporting period ending 31 December.

  • *2020

    The date by which all references to CRA ratings in laws and regulations relating to banks are to be removed. This will be done by the Commission based on technical advice from ESMA. EIOPA will be responsible for implementation.