China Insurance Regulatory Commission

China Insurance Regulatory Commission
China Insurance Regulatory Commission
Agency overview
Formed 1998
Jurisdiction National
Headquarters Beijing
Agency executive Wu Dingfu, Chairman
Parent agency State Council

The China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) is an agency of China authorized by the State Council to regulate the Chinese insurance products and services market and maintain legal and stable operations of insurance industry. It was founded on November 18, 1998, upgraded from a semi-ministerial to a ministerial institution in 2003, and currently has 31 local offices in every province except Taiwan.



The main functions of the CIRC are:[1]

# Functions Descriptions
1. Formulate policies for developing the insurance industry Create laws, rules and regulations to supervise the industry
2. Scrutinise and approval of insurance companies, subsidiaries, insurance holding companies Approve and examine incorporation of insurance entities, merge, split, change or dissolve
3. Examine and approve the qualifications of managers of various insurance companies Accreditation, regulate the hiring of senior managers in various insurance companies
4. Pricing regulation, insurance schemes Regulate premiums, new insurance products and categories
5. Supervise the financial health of insurance companies Ensure payment ability, insurance deposit, insurance guarantee fund
6. Supervise policy-oriented insurance and compulsory insurance Regulate self-insurance and mutual insurance, insurance trade associations
7. Supervise fair competition in industry To investigate and punish unfair competition and illegal conduct, non compliance of registration
8. Supervise insurance companies with overseas operations Regulate overseas operations of domestic insurance firms
9. Create framework for insurance industry for information, risk, forecast, supervision. Create standards for risk, forecast, profitability and report to the People's Bank of China.
10. To undertake other jobs delegated by the State Council Subordinate to State Council directives


Internal Setup of the CIRC is:[2]

  • General Office
  • Development and Reform Department
  • Finance and Accounting Department
  • Property Insurance Regulatory Department
  • Personal Insurance Regulatory Department
  • Insurance Intermediaries Regulatory Department
  • Insurance Fund Management Regulatory Department
  • International Department
  • Legal Affairs Department
  • Statistics and IT Department
  • Local Offices Administration Department
  • Personnel and Education Department
  • Disciplinary Inspection Department


In September 2008, CIRC set up a nonprofit state-owned corporation with a registered capital of 100 million yuan to manage its insurance protection fund, amounting to at least 7 billion yuan (about US$1 billion). [1]

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