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Speaking Up

Speaking Up plays a key role for Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Members. From time to time, Members may be faced with difficult decisions around speaking up about certain matters which come to their attention.

The Actuaries’ Code (“the Code”) has six principles which Members are to comply with in order to build and promote the confidence in the work of actuaries and the actuarial profession.

These six principles are:

  • Integrity
  • Competence and Care
  • Impartiality
  • Compliance
  • Speaking Up
  • Communication

The Code highlights the importance of Speaking Up by making it a stand-alone principle and states that:

“Members should speak up if they believe, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a course of action is unethical or is unlawful.”

Raising an issue as soon as Members are able to ultimately helps to protect the reputation of the actuarial profession, organisations employing actuaries, clients, customers and the wider public.

We have produced a Speaking Up Guide for Members:

Additionally, we also have a whistleblowing guide for organisations who employ actuaries:

If Members wish to report any concerns, or have queries on Speaking Up, they can contact the IFoA Regulation Team at

We also offer a UK confidential advice line for speaking up concerns which is provided by the charity Protect (Speak up, stop harm).

All calls are answered by staff who are experienced in advising when and how best to raise concerns.

You can contact the advice line on 020 3117 2520.

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