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Become QAS Accredited

Organisations should apply for accreditation by completing and submitting the Application Form by email to

We would encourage you to read the QAS Handbook prior to making an application, and to familiarise yourself with APS QA1, which sets the standards for the QAS.

Once your application has been received, we will arrange an assessment, usually carried out by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (“ICAEW”).  The ICAEW will produce a report which, along with your application, will be considered by the QAS Sub-Committee so that suitability for accreditation can be determined.   The process usually takes approximately four months, depending on availability of the ICAEW and the timing of the quarterly QAS Sub-Committee meetings.

We have provided information below about the current members of the QAS, as well as case studies and information about the QAS Sub-Committee.

QAS Application Core Documents

Quality Assurance Scheme fees

There are two categories of fees for the Quality Assurance Scheme: for applications received before and after 14 February 2018. This is because the criteria were updated to reflect the introduction of a new band for ‘very large’ organisations. 

For organisations that are applying after 14 February 2018:

For organisations that applied before 14 February 2018:

The IFoA retains discretion to determine that an applicant should be within a particular band even though the criteria indicate a different band. This reflects that the bands also correspond to the number of days of assessment required and will apply in circumstances where it is decided that an applicant needs more or less assessment due to the nature and size of the organisation, accredited part and/or the actuarial team.

If you are unclear as to the band that your organisation would be then please raise this with your QAS contact or submit a query to

Contact Details

Quality Assurance Scheme

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

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    Frank Redington is recognised as one of the most influential actuaries of all time. In this talk, Craig will review some of Redington's most important ideas. He will identify the consistent actuarial principles that form a common thread across the contributions Redington made to a broad range of actuarial fields, and will highlight the ongoing relevance of Redington's thinking to 21st century actuarial practice.

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    The IFoA Mental Health working party look back over their week of blogs and podcasts considering all aspects of the relationship between mental health and life insurance. The expert panel spans adviser, underwriter and actuarial experience and they  explore triggers for purchasing insurance relating to mental health, the various routes to insurance and how these may be more suited to different people depending on their conditions and preferences, the products and processes involved in purchasing these as well as what claims and support are available to policyholders and how to access them.

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    Part of the 'Finance in the Public Interest 2022' webinar series. If it was ever okay to consider your business in isolation from its surroundings, today it most definitely is not. Thinking about business within its surrounding system is now a necessity. The question we seek to discuss is: How should we prescribe the boundaries in which we consider problems to enable us to create better products and more resilient companies and systems?

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    What will happen to DC pension savers who see life annuities as poor VFM but still want an income for life?  Pooled annuity funds could offer them a decent lifetime income while reducing significantly the complex choices and risk inherent in income drawdown.  They could be the next generation of CDC pension schemes, slotting into the existing DC framework as a post-retirement option.