The International Underwriting Association of London announced the launch of a Web site (www.iua.co.uk) with an online database of documents and resources for the primary and reinsurance London Market.

IUA said the site offers additional information on all aspects of the association’s work and creates virtual communities around important market issues.

The organization said the site will make it easier for members to stay abreast of market developments and the projects undertaken by individual IUA committees.

Dave Matcham, chief executive of the IUA, commented: “Our aim is to place use of the IUA Web site at the heart of the association’s contact with its members. We hope that developing this resource will allow members greatly improved access to information and documents provided by the IUA and encourage more individuals to participate in the association’s activities.”

He added, “One of the key developments will be creation of IUA Communities–online interest groups with content specifically tailored to a particular class of business or business specialty. IUA Communities will enable market professionals to find information directly relevant to their own work.”

IUA said each of its community pages contains a brief introduction to the IUA’s work in a specific class of business or area of re/insurance interest together with the latest news items and relevant reference documents published by the association. Page topics include compliance, claims, education and training, marine and nonmarine underwriting, market reform and representation.

Other key features of the Web site are:

o An advanced search facility enabling keyword searches of all IUA resources.

o Key issues pages providing brief overviews of the most important ongoing topics occupying the association’s attention.

o Full program of IUA market briefings, plus presentation slides and other background papers from past events.

o Up-to-date listing of all latest IUA member circulars.

o Full details on the IUA as an organization, including history, member lists, board members, committees and governance.

o Archive of all IUA press releases and press articles.

o A publications library of IUA newsletters, statistics, annual reports, etc.

o Permanent home page links to the IUA’s Web sites for Non-Marine Reinsurance Clauses, Solvency II and the London Market Language Exchange.

o Comprehensive contact details for members of the IUA secretariat

o Links to other relevant Web sites.

IUA said certain pages on the site are restricted to members-only access. All employees working for IUA Ordinary member companies can sign up for full access to all content by completing a brief registration form and choosing a password. This can be completed online at www.iua.co.uk.

The IUA describes itself as the world’s largest representative organization for international and wholesale insurance and reinsurance companies, which works to protect and strengthen the business environment for its member companies operating in or through London.