The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII) was established in 1998 as a trade association for independent medical insurance advisers in the UK.
AMII now has more than 120 Intermediary and Insurer members advising on private medical insurance, health cash plans, group risk and protection products and general health and wellbeing matters including occupational health services and employee assistance programmes.
AMII promotes and maintains high standards of professional and ethical conduct among its members in order to inspire the confidence of the consumer, no matter whether they be individuals, small and medium-sized enterprises or corporate buyers of health, wellbeing and risk services.
All AMII members are authorised and regulated by either the Prudential Regulatory Authority (PRA) or Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) to sell general insurance products.
TIMELINE - key events in AMII's history:
1999 - The Association of Medical Insurance Intermediaries is launched.
2001 - Launch of the General Insurance Standards Council (GISC). Although this was a non-statutory regulator of insurers and intermediaries, AMII was one of the first trade associations to insist that all of its members were also members of GISC. AMII worked closely with GISC on establishing compliance procedures for specialist health insurance intermediaries.
2004 - AMII holds its first Exhibition and Conference, which has now become established as an annual event for everyone involved in the health insurance and wellbeing industry.
2005 - Launch of the Financial Services Authority (FSA), bringing in statutory regulation of all financial services firms. During the initial consultation period, AMII successfully lobbied to ensure that private medical insurance was not categorised as a High Risk Product for regulatory purposes.
2006 - Introduction of the AMII Members Code of Ethics and Conduct. This sets out the principles which all AMII members should follow in the course of their professional duties.
2010 - Launch of the IF7 - Healthcare Insurance Products course and examination. AMII worked closely with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) to launch and promote this examination which is specifically tailored to those working in the health insurance sector.
2012 - Following successful consultation from AMII, the Chartered Insurance Institute launches a new accreditation: Cert CII (Health & Protection), giving advisers the ability to demonstrate that they have specialist technical expertise in the area of health and protection.
January 2013 - AMII members vote to change the Constitution to allow health insurers and health cash plan providers to join as Corporate Members
April 2013 - The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) supersedes the FSA as the statutory regulator for financial services firms.
November 2013 - The Association changes its name to The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries.
2014 - The 1000th individual passes the AMII/CII IF7 Healthcare Insurance Products examination, since its launch.