Parties to an individual insurance contract are of course free to agree individual conditions. The market wishes, however, to avoid any development in the direction of generally adopted additional clauses, such as the 1977 amendments. In furtherance of this goal, the market has appointed a permanent Plan revision committee whose mandate is to propose amendments to the Plan, including the loss of hire insurance conditions contained in Chapter 16 of the Plan, if developments suggest that further amendments to the Plan are called for.
Such amendments are incorporated into the Plan itself, and the consolidated amended text of the Plan will be reprinted every third year. The internet version of the Plan will be updated correspondingly. The first printed version of the Norwegian 1996 Plan was published as version 97. At the end of 1998, version 1999 was released. Subsequently, versions 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010 have been published. The Nordic Plan was published in 2013 and a new version in 2016. The next version is anticipated only in 2019, as the market agreed in 2003 that there is no need to produce new versions of the Plan with such high frequency as in the first years of the Norwegian 1996 Plan. There should at least be three years between each new version.
The Plan and the Commentary are published in English and posted on the internet, at address:
The English text is now the only official version of the Plan, but translations of the Plan text into Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish are published at the same website. If there is any conflict between the English text and any of the translations, the English text shall prevail. The Commentary has not been translated into any of the Nordic languages.
Amendments, if any, are normally published on the above website by 1st October and are intended to enter into force on 1st January of the calendar year following the publication with effect for insurances entered into or renewed in the course of that year. General principles of contract law dictate that amendments cannot have retroactive effect on current policies unless expressly agreed by the parties to the particular insurance contract. There is nothing preventing the parties from agreeing to apply a new version of the Plan immediately after publication.
If the amendments are to the benefit of the assured, the insurer may not be willing to let the assured enjoy these benefits on current policies without additional premium. But if there are several simultaneous amendments that go either to the detriment or the benefit of the assured, the parties may agree that on balance the amendments do not require any adjustment of the premium and therefore can apply to a current policy. That was in fact the case when the Norwegian Plan of 1996 entered into force on 1st January 1997. It was given retroactive effect on a large number of the current policies by express agreement. The same procedures have been followed with regard to the subsequent versions of the Plan.