Weekly Tip: SERFF Filing Access (SFA)

 

Weekly Tips

SERFF Filing Access (SFA)

9/9/2016

During the Focus Group sessions, the IIPRC Office heard that company filers use SERFF Filing Access (SFA) as a tool to assist with product filing development. SFA is an efficient tool for product development, as it allows companies to see what has been approved by the Insurance Compact, as well as pinpoint and avoid potential compliance issues with a planned design. In this week’s Weekly Tip, we will provide some pointers for using SFA to maximize your filing efficiency. You may access SFA from the home page of the IIPRC Website or by saving the following link: https://filingaccess.serff.com/sfa/home/insurancecompact.

SFA provides all constituencies of the Insurance Compact with the ability to review approved filing submissions and their contents – including objections. Only approved filings are available in SFA. When using a state-specific SFA, you may have noticed that it will identify Compact-approved filings. However, for comprehensive results, users wishing to access a Compact filing are strongly advised to visit the IIPRC’s SFA instance.

To pull back comprehensive Search results, filers using SFA will want to keep the following pointers in mind:

  • A “Business Type” is not necessary, unless the filer would like to search by a particular TOI.
  • Each field may be entered independently; there is a one-field minimum requirement.
  • As with most searches, the more information that is provided, the more targeted the results will be.
  • Users may enter the partial or complete name of the Company or Insurance Product without a wildcard (*).
  • While no wildcard (*) is necessary, correct spelling and/or terminology is a must.

Once the search has been conducted, what to do with the data? To view the Filing Description, correspondence, or any other non-attachment data, select “Download Zip File”. The zip file contains a bookmarked PDF of filing contents. Specific to the Insurance Compact, filers can choose to include or not include the Statement of Intent data in the zip file. Attachments included in the filing can always be viewed directly from the “individual filing results” screen, and can be selected to include in the zip file.

After utilizing SFA, if there are any questions about a specific product that you are trying to develop, please reach out to the IIPRC Office via the Pre-Filing Communication Form. If you have any questions regarding the use of SFA, or the Insurance Compact, please contact the IIPRC Office.