Does Article 30 IDD, and especially Article 30(1) IDD, apply to pre-23 February 2018 contracts, particular where any ongoing advice is given and therefore the periodic suitability provision will apply?

EIOPA answer

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Article 30 of the Directive 2016/97/EU (Insurance Distribution Directive – IDD) shall apply only from the date that the Directive entered into application in the Member State in question. However, if after the entry into application of the IDD, new advice (advice as defined in Article 2(1) point 15 IDD) is provided under an existing contract, Article 30 IDD will apply, even if the contract has been concluded before the entry into application of the IDD. This can, for instance, happen in cases where the insurance intermediary or insurance undertaking provides advice on the switching of underlying investment assets in an existing contract (see Article 9(7) of Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/2359).

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