A new draft bill on the certification of insurance agents was introduced to the State Duma (the Russian legislature). The draft bill aims to create a tougher framework for insurance agents in view of public concerns regarding quality, conflict of interest and professional conduct matters. The draft bill introduces the requirements for continuous professional development and regular professional aptitude tests for agents. It also aims to create a register of certified insurance agents to protect customers against fraud and combat practices where agents representing a number of insurance companies de facto carry out a separately licensed and regulated insurance brokerage business.