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Designated Professional Body

The Financial Services & Markets Act 2000, which governs financial services in the UK, allows the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) to act as a Designated Professional Body (DPB) for the purposes of Regulated Activities.

What constitutes Regulated Activities 

The rules about what constitutes Regulated Activities can be found in:

The Designated Professional Body (DPB) Board is responsible on behalf of the Regulation Board for meeting the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' responsibilities as a Designated Professional Body (DPB) under Part XX of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.

About the DPB Board

The DPB Board reports to Regulation Board. The DPB Board meets four times a year and its members include lay people as well as volunteer members of the IFoA.

As a DPB, the IFoA is able to licence certain actuarial firms to carry out some restricted activities without the firms necessarily being authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), providing they obtain a DPB licence from the IFoA

As well as granting licences, the IFoA's DPB Board issues guidance to authorised firms and deals with any complaints about firms acting under a DPB licence.

The DPB Handbook

The DPB Board has published a guide to explain how the licence regime operates. The Handbook has been approved by the FCA and will always take precedence over any other material published by the DPB Board, including the DPB Guide.

The Board maintains the DPB Handbook which contains the rules of the regulatory regime.  

Executive Staff:

Judith Joy, DPB Manager

Find out more about members of the DPB Board

Requirements for licensed firms

Licensed firms are required to submit a Return to the IFoA every year.

Contact Details

For more details, or to make an application or enquiry, please email or write to the DPB Manager

dpb@actuaries.org.uk

DPB Manager, Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Level 2 Exchange Crescent, 7 Conference Square, Edinburgh, EH3 8RA

+44 (0) 131 255 0826

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  • India Town Hall

    Webinar
    28 January 2021

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    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual India Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Member Mahidhara Davangere and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann. 

  • Spaces available

    What are the options for the world economy looking ahead?

    In this Thought Leadership Lecture, Economist, Vicky Pryce, will be discussing world economic trends, including the differences in geographical performance and how output is recovering and where.

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    Trust and Leadership for Actuaries

    Led by Dr. Jim Baxter, University of Leeds, this webinar introduces some key ideas in the ethics of trust, with a particular focus on those in, or on the path to, leadership roles. Dr Baxter is joined by a panel of experienced leaders who will give their personal perspectives on how they understand the value of trust and how they seek to promote and inspire trust, drawing on their experiences of leadership. The panel includes:

  • Health and Care Hot Topics webinar

    Online webinar
    10 February 2021

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    In this webinar, we have two presentations showing the latest research on the implications for life and health insurers of two key issues: genomics and pandemic risk.

    Dr Peter Joshi and Paul Timmers will share their research on how well-established underwriting processes can allow for genomics in predicting expected mortality and morbidity. They will then discuss the potential for stratified screening and personalised medicine to improve health and reduce claim costs.

  • Spaces available

    As the world’s attention begins to turn to COP26 later this year in Glasgow, Sarah Gordon (Chief Executive, Impact Investing Institute) will share her vision for how the financial services industry can deliver for people and the planet, as well as how to encourage more investment with the intention to generate positive, measurable social and environmental impact alongside a financial return.

  • Sub-Saharan Africa Town Hall

    26 February 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual SSA Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor with IFoA Council Members Mukami Njeru, Prosper Matiashe and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.

  • MENAP Town Hall

    2 March 2021

    Spaces available

    IFoA Immediate Past President John Taylor would like to invite you to the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ (IFoA) virtual MENAP Town Hall 2021, hosted by John Taylor and IFoA Chief Executive, Stephen Mann.