CENTRAL PRICING OFFICE
The chairman and members of the Central Pricing Bureau instituted by Articles L.
125-6, L. 212-1, L. 220-5, L. 243-4 and L. 252-1 are appointed for a period of three years
renewable, by order of the Minister for the Economy and Finance, subject to
the provisions of the last sentence of 4 ° of the fourth paragraph of this article.
The president is chosen from among the State Councilors, the Court of Cassation Councilors,
master advisers at the Court of Auditors or professors of legal disciplines
universities, active or honorary.
The president and the members are replaced in the event of impediment by substitutes
appointed under the same conditions as full members.
The Central Pricing Bureau includes, in addition to the President:
1 ° When ruling on natural disaster risks under Article L.
125-6, three members representing insurance companies operating in the territory of
the French Republic, appointed on the proposal of professional bodies, the
Chairman of the Board of Directors, Chief Executive Officer of Caisse centrale de
reinsurance company or its representative, ex officio member, and two members representing the
policyholders, appointed on the proposal of the consumer college of the National Council of
2 ° When ruling on the insurance of land motor vehicles by virtue of
Article L. 212-1, six members representing insurance companies practicing
automobile insurance in the territory of the French Republic, named on
proposal from professional bodies, and six members representing people
subject to compulsory insurance appointed on the proposal of organizations
professional at the rate of one by the permanent assembly of chamber presidents
of agriculture, one by the permanent assembly of the presidents of chambers of trades and
of crafts, one by the most representative professional bodies of transport
public road passengers or goods and three by the college of
consumers of the National Consumer Council;
3 ° When ruling on the insurance of ski-lift equipment and
building works insurance under Articles L. 220-5 and L. 243-4, six
representatives of insurance companies operating in the territory of the Republic
French, appointed on the proposal of professional bodies, and six representatives
persons subject to compulsory insurance, including a representative of the operators mentioned
in Article L. 220-1, appointed on the proposal of professional bodies, and five
representatives of persons subject to the obligations provided for in Articles L. 241-1 to
- 242-1, namely in particular architects, contractors, manufacturers of
prefabricated materials, developers, builders and industrial contractors,
appointed on the proposal of the most representative organizations;
4 ° When ruling on compulsory medical civil liability insurance
defined in Article L. 251-1, six members representing insurance companies
practicing civil liability insurance in the territory of the French Republic
provided for in this same article, appointed on the proposal of the organizations
professionals, and six members representing those subject to this insurance obligation.
The latter are appointed by decree of the Minister responsible for social security for a
period of three years renewable and include:
- a) At least one member representing health professionals practicing in a liberal capacity
on the proposal of the National Union of Health Professionals;
- b) At least one member on the proposal of professional bodies representing
- c) At least one member on the proposal of professional bodies representing
producers, operators and suppliers of health products as finished products
mentioned in Article L. 5311-1 of the Public Health Code, excluding 5 °, 11 °,
14 ° and 15 °.
Refusal of insurance from customers cannot be referred to the Central Pricing Bureau.
damage to property or against operating losses involving the guarantee of
damage resulting from natural disasters provided for in Articles L. 125-1 and L. 125-2,
as well as the refusal to insure a person subject to the obligation to insure
motor vehicles under Article L. 211-1, or the obligation to insure vehicles
of ski lifts pursuant to Article L. 220-1, or to the obligation to insure
building work pursuant to Articles L. 241-1 to L. 242-1, or to the compulsory insurance
medical liability under Article L. 251-1, only if the insurance has been requested
by registered letter with acknowledgment of receipt at the company’s headquarters
insurance or has been deposited there against receipt.
The Central Pricing Bureau is contacted by registered letter with a request for notice of
receipt within the period of fifteen days, under penalty of inadmissibility, from the refusal of
the requested insurer or, in the cases mentioned in Articles L. 125-6, L. 220-5 and L. 252-1
of the last insurer solicited.
When it comes to the subscription of a new contract, is considered as a refusal
implicit insurance the silence kept by the insurer for more than fifteen days after
receipt of the subscription request sent in accordance with Articles L. 125-6, L. 212-1
or L. 220-5 and for more than forty-five days after receipt of the request for
subscription sent in accordance with Article L. 243-4 or L. 252-1.
Is assimilated to a refusal the fact by the insurer, seized of a request for subscription
insurance, to subordinate its acceptance to the cover of risks not mentioned
under the obligation of insurance or the extent of which exceeds the limits of the obligation
When an insured has made use of the right of termination provided for in the second paragraph of article
- 113-10, he cannot, during the period of one year, seize the Central Pricing Bureau of the
refusal, opposed by the insurance company which guaranteed it, to a request for
subscription formulated in application of Articles L. 125-1 and L. 125-2, L. 211-1, L. 220-1, L.
241-1 to L. 242-1 and L. 252-1.
In the cases provided for in the fourth and fifth paragraphs of article L. 125-6, the company
insurance cannot apply to the Central Pricing Bureau for the purpose of bringing to the contract
insurance a derogation from the provisions of the second paragraph of Article L. 125-2
only after having notified this proposed exemption to the insured by registered letter
with acknowledgment of receipt.
The exemption can relate either to the exclusion of a good mentioned in the contract, or to the
amount of the deductible which in the event of a claim remains the responsibility of the insured, either on
both of these elements of the contract. The amount of the deductible subject to the exemption
may be higher than that mentioned in the standard clauses provided for in article L. 125-3
without being able to exceed a limit set for each category of contracts by order of
Minister of Economy and Finance.
For the application of the previous paragraph, contracts are classified into four categories:
damage to bodies of motor land vehicles, damage to non-use goods
professional, damage to goods for professional use, operating losses.
On pain of inadmissibility, the referral to the office must take place within twenty-one
days from the date of notification of the waiver proposal to the insured.
The Central Pricing Bureau may grant the requested exemption if it considers,
given the circumstances of the case, that the risks concerned are of a serious
The person or the insurance company requesting the intervention of the Central
pricing, as well as the relevant insurers, are required to provide the Central Bureau of
pricing the information relating to the case before it and which is
necessary to make a decision and in particular the price of the insurance company
applicable to the proposed risk.
When ruling on compulsory medical liability insurance provided for in
Article L. 251-1 on referrals to healthcare professionals exercising in a liberal capacity, the Office
central pricing office may decide whether to apply a fixed deductible, the amount of which
maximum is set at 10,000 euros per claim within the limit of 200,000 euros per year
insurance, or a proportional deductible, the maximum amount of which per claim is
set at 20% of the amount of compensation due within the limit of 100,000 euros per year
For others subject to the insurance obligation provided for in Article L. 251-1, the Bureau
central pricing office may decide to apply a fixed deductible, the amount of which
maximum is set at 20% of the amount of the guarantee ceiling provided for in the contract or of a
proportional deductible, the maximum amount of which is set at 30% of the amount of
indemnities due, or both at the same time.
Decisions of the Central Pricing Bureau are taken by a majority of members
present. In the event of a tie, the president’s vote is decisive.
The decision taken by the Central Pricing Bureau is notified to the insured and to the insurer.
within ten days.
The central pricing office is assisted by a government commissioner, deputy
possibly by a Deputy Government Commissioner, appointed by the Minister of
economy and finance.
The Government Commissioner attends all meetings. He can ask the
office, either immediately or within thirty days following a decision, a new
examination of the case within the time limit that it will set.
The provisions of this title are applicable to Mayotte insofar as they
concern the insurance of land motor vehicles.