As recent terrorist activities in major cities - notably, the 11 September 2001 attacks in the United States - have made strikingly clear, terrorism has developed into a threat that affects every aspect of society and knows no national boundaries. Although there is no internationally binding defi nition of terrorism, some aspects can be agreed on: it seeks to cause human suffering, to instil widespread fear, and to disrupt life and business. The insurance industry has responded to this evolving hazard, and is doing all in its power to manage the terrorism risk.
The CRO Forum companies have developed internal capital models, which they expect to be approved by the regulators as a basis for setting the level of target capital ('SCR'). The CRO Forum companies have also participated in QIS3.