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Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes

Our disciplinary and capacity for membership processes are set out within our Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes

Find out more about our Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes

We have produced a range of notes for members who are facing a complaint, covering all aspects of the disciplinary process. This should help understand what is involved.

If you are interested in making a complaint about a member, please refer to our how to make a complaint webpage where you will find helpful information about the process.

Capacity for Membership process

This provides an alternative route to deal with issues that arise in rare cases where a Member‘s current capacity to hold membership is impaired and such impairment is directly relevant to the allegation or charge brought against them. The process is outlined in an information note.

What is defined as misconduct by the Disciplinary Scheme?

The Scheme defines misconduct as:

any conduct by a Member, whether committed in the United Kingdom or elsewhere, in the course of carrying out professional duties or otherwise, constituting failure by that Member to comply with the standards of behaviour, integrity, competence or professional judgement which other Members or the public might reasonably expect of a Member having regard to the Bye-laws of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and/or to any code, standards, advice, guidance, memorandum or statement on professional conduct, practice or duties which may be given and published by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries and/or, for so long as there is a relevant Memorandum of Understanding in force, by the FRC (including by the former Board for Actuarial Standards) in terms thereof, and to all other relevant circumstances.

The Disciplinary Board issues guidelines to support the effective operation of the Scheme

Guidance Notes on Disciplinary Tribunals Covid-19 events 15 May 2020
Indicative Sanctions Guidance Note 30 January 2020

Regulations on the Approval of Nominations for Adjudication Panels 

1 August 2011

Regulations for Approval of Nominations to Disciplinary Tribunal Panel

1 August 2010
Guidelines for Panel Members on the Civil Standard of Proof  1 August 2010
Time Frames for Investigations and Proceedings under the Disciplinary Scheme 17 November 2017
Guidelines on the Maximum Fine at Adjudication Stage 1 April 2010
Supplementary Guidelines on the Imposition of Sanctions in CPD Infringement Cases 21 December 2016
Guidelines on the Imposition of Sanctions Involving a period of Education, Retraining, and/or Supervised Practice 30 January 2020
Publications Guidance policy 1 May 2019
Guidelines for Disciplinary Tribunal Panels and Appeal Tribunal Panels on the Award of Costs 7 May 2020
Writing Determinations Guidance policy 17 November 2017 

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  • Asia Conference Webinar Series

    7 September 2020 - 25 September 2020

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    There will be a prestigious line-up of international speakers discussing the insurance and financial industry’s innovation and change in Asia.  The conference will take place throughout September via an online platform. The webinars consist of plenary speaking sessions and a series of workshop sessions including Life, GI, Data Science, Sustainability, Risk Management and Investment.

    This will be the perfect opportunity for you to discover,ask questions and be at the forefront of current and developing actuarial/financial topics and trends in Asia.


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    This free 90 minute webinar is designed to support the IFoA CPD Co-ordinators, and others, involved in supporting our members to achieve their CPD requirements. 

    The programme will include an overview of the new CPD Scheme; specifically sharing with you key messages to support you implement and embrace the new CPD Scheme for our members within your organisation and regional community; how to arrange a reflective practice discussion; and an interactive reflective practice discussion learning exercise.  In addition, delegates will gain information about accessing, and making the most of the IFoA event Toolkits which you can make use of to run your own in-house events and events for regional communities. 

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    This presenter / panel workshop hybrid will be anchored by two presentations examining the socioeconomic, medical and technological factors that will have a significant impact on mortality and our pricing over the next 20 years and beyond. It will also discuss whether significant mortality improvement will continue in Asia or whether varying experience of low improvements or deterioration. 

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    This presentation aims to provides an overview of the reformation of current Chinese regulatory solvency regime, how industry coping with the new normal after pandemic time and how the reformation of the regulation could help the insurance industry gets back on its feet as well as coming back to the “protection” core value for the policyholders. The presentation would include:

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  • Autumn Lecture 2020: Professor Elroy Dimson

    Online webinar
    14 October 2020

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    Many individuals and institutions have a long-term focus, and invest funds for the benefit of future generations. Their strategy should reflect their long horizon. University endowments are one of the oldest classes of institutional investor, and I will present the first study of the management of these endowments over the very long term.

  • GIRO Conference 2020 Webinar Series

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    02-13 November 2020
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    This year's GIRO has been re-designed as a virtual conference to offer members and non-members the opportunity to get up to date content from leading experts in the general insurance field via online webinars. All sessions will be recorded and made available to purchase and re-watch post-event on the IFoA's GI Online Learning Resource area.

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