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Apply for a DPB licence

It is a criminal offence, under the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000, to provide advice on an investment or insurance contract without the proper authorisation either from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) or from a designated professional body

A designated professional body (DPB) licence allows an actuarial firm to provide some regulated activities without being subject to the full FCA regulation.

Our DPB regime offers a more focused approach to full FCA regulation which may be more appropriate for firms which are managed and controlled by members of the IFoA.

If an actuarial firm wishes to advise individuals, it must be regulated by the FCA. A firm can do this, either by being fully authorised by FCA for all classes of business; or by being jointly authorised by the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA), for business clients, and the FCA for individual clients. This is known as being an approved professional firm.

You can find more about the type of work that can be performed by a firm with a DPB licence in the DPB Handbook.

To become licensed, you must first complete the DPB licence application form and submit this to dpb@actuaries.org.uk

To be considered for a licence you must submit the following:

  • a certificate of compliance with the professional indemnity insurance requirements in the DPB handbook, issued by the insurance broker
  • compliance plan
  • business plan and latest accounts
  • two testimonials on behalf of each relevant person
  • copy of a standard engagement letter
  • complaints handling procedures.

If you are considering making an application, please note:

  • you may be asked to provide additional information
  • a licence may be granted subject to some conditions or only in respect of some activities
  • regulated activities should not be undertaken until we have confirmed to you that a licence has been granted.

The schedule of fees for licensing under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 is below

The DPB licensing year runs from 1 April to 31 March. Fees are payable in advance. Licences cannot be backdated and any late submission may result in a firm being unlicensed and unable to provide services.

The licence fee depends on the number of actuaries, the number of offices and the scope of business the firm wants to undertake.

Fees for 2016

Annual fee £
For each of the first 10 relevant persons:  1,459.00
For each of the next 10 relevant persons: 449.00
For each of the next 20 relevant persons: 178.00
For each relevant person thereafter: 101.00

For each office other than the principal office at which investment business is handled

730.00

Where a firm holds both an IMA licence and an EPF licence, an additional 25% of the basic fee is payable.

Where a firm requires either an IMA or an EPF licence, ony the basic fee is payable.

VAT is not payable on fees.

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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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  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

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    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this webinar actuaries with experience in various fields of banking will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do as well as other roles within their area of banking.

  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Towards the end of June, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is expected to publish an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022. To help IFoA members, the IFoA’s cross-practice Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is hosting an event at Staple Inn covering these developments. 

    For more information on the FRG please visit this webpage

  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
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    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

     

  • Life Conference 2019

    The Convention Centre Dublin, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, Dublin 1
    20-22 November 2019
    Spaces available

    The Life Conference is the premier event for professionals interested in life insurance.  Offering a wide range of workshops and plenary sessions it’s the perfect opportunity to discover what’s hot and current in life insurance ensuring you get up to date on the latest thinking and innovation whilst meeting and exchanging ideas with a broad range of professionals.

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA is pleased to announce that this year’s Autumn Lecture will feature the Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP as its guest speaker.  Nicky has previously served as Financial Secretary to the Treasury and Minister for Women. She now chairs the Treasury Select Committee whose remit is to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of HM Treasury, along with all of its agencies and associated bodies.