§431:2-302  Authority, scope, and scheduling of examinations.  (a)  The commissioner or any authorized examiner may conduct an examination of any company as often as the commissioner deems appropriate, but, at a minimum, shall conduct an examination of each domestic insurer at least once every five years.  In scheduling and determining the nature, scope, and frequency of the examinations, the commissioner shall consider such matters as the results of financial statement analyses and ratios, changes in management or ownership, actuarial opinions, reports of independent certified public accountants, and other criteria as set forth in the examiners' handbook adopted by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners and in effect, when the commissioner exercises discretion under this section.

     (b)  For purposes of completing an examination of any insurer, the commissioner may examine or investigate any person, or the business of any person, insofar as such examination or investigation is, in the sole discretion of the commissioner, necessary or material to the examination of the insurer.

     (c)  In lieu of an examination of any foreign or alien insurer licensed in this State, the commissioner may accept an examination report on the insurer as prepared by the state regulatory agency for insurance for the insurer's state of domicile or port-of-entry state until January 1, 1994.  Thereafter, such reports may only be accepted under the following conditions:

     (1)  The state's regulatory agency for insurance was, at the time of the examination, accredited under the National Association of Insurance Commissioners' Financial Regulation Standards and Accreditation Program; or

     (2)  The examination was performed:

          (A)  Under the supervision of an accredited state regulatory agency for insurance; or

          (B)  With the participation of one or more examiners who are employed by an accredited state regulatory agency for insurance and who, after a review of the examination workpapers and report, state under oath that the examination was performed in a manner consistent with the standards and procedures required by their state regulatory agency for insurance. [L 1987, c 347, pt of §2; am L 1989, c 195, §12; am L 1993, c 321, §6; am L 2005, c 132, §1]