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Standardised Terminology and their meanings

As used in personal-lines insurance policies

The SAIA Treating Customers Fairly workgroup on Standardised Terminology has compiled a list of common terms and their meanings as used in personal-lines insurance policies that are potentially confusing to consumers.

The South African Insurance Association (SAIA) is the representative body of the non-life insurance industry with some 58 members. They abide by a Code of Conduct which ensures best-practice industry standards.

Its core functions are:

The representation of its members’ interests to the public in a proactive manner.

The representation of its members’ interests to government at all levels, as well as to other relevant bodies.

The representation of its members’ interest to the media.

The provision of a forum for discussion of common interests in the non-life insurance industry.

The facilitation of information flow among its members.

Interaction with all associations operating within the insurance industry, both locally and abroad.

Interaction with all relevant organisations and entities especially in the key priority areas.

The setting of appropriate technical standards for the industry.

Consumer information is important in performing these functions and their website saia.co.za and app are useful resources for educating consumers about short term insurance. Education booklets on the site include:

Home Insurance

Motor Insurance

Household Insurance

Of particular use and as a starting point is their list of standardised terminology of what are the 50 most common terms used in personal-lines insurance policies and which are potentially confusing. The terms were identified by the SAIA Treating Customers Fairly workgroup on Standardised Terminology and it aims to ensure that policy wording is understood fully by the consumer.

So if you are making a claim, or are taking out a policy and would like to know the meaning of terms like:

All Risks

Betterment

Credit shortfall

Held liable

Material fact

No-Claim bonus

Proximate cause

Replacement cost or value

Repudiate

Uneconomical to repair

And more, visit https://www.saia.co.za for an interactive list, or download the SAIA Standardised Terminology List

The document does not however in any way replace consumers’ own policy documents or contracts of insurance, or the definitions contained therein. It does not seek to contain a completely comprehensive explanation/definition of all possible meanings of the terms listed; nor does it alter, replace, or substitute any applicable rules, guidance, or law.

Article courtesy of Lexis Nexis