The Code has six principles.
- Integrity – Members must act honestly and with integrity.
- Competence and care – Members must carry out work competently and with care.
- Impartiality – Members must ensure that their professional judgement is not compromised, and cannot reasonably be seen to be compromised, by bias, conflict of interest, or the undue influence of others.
- Compliance – Members must comply with all relevant legal, regulatory and professional requirements.
- Speaking up - Members should speak up if they believe, or have reasonable cause to believe, that a course of action is unethical or is unlawful.
- Communication – Members must communicate appropriately.
Who does the Actuaries' Code apply to?
The Actuaries’ Code applies to all members of the IFoA
When does the Actuaries' Code apply?
The Actuaries' Code applies at all times to members’ conduct in their work as actuaries and is taken into consideration where members’ conduct in other contexts could reasonably reflect on the actuarial profession.
How does the Actuaries' Code apply?
Where a member’s conduct is called into question, failure to observe the Actuaries' Code may be taken into account by a Disciplinary Panel.
If you have any questions about your obligations under the Actuaries' Code you may wish to submit your query to the Professional Support Service.
The IFoA has developed non-mandatory Guidance to support the principles and amplifications in the Actuaries' Code. It has advice for members to help them better understand the nature of their obligations under the Code and applying it in practice.
Access the guidance
- How to use the Guidance, Section 1: Introduction and Section 2: Application, Scope, and Status and Purpose
- Section 3: Principle 1 - Integrity
- Section 4: Principle 2 - Competence and Care
- Section 5: Principle 3 - Impartiality
- Section 6: Principle 4 - Compliance
- Section 7: Principle 5 - Speaking Up
- Section 8: Principle 6 - Communication
Download our guidance as a PDF
Training and education
The Professional Skills Training webinars and videos touch on various aspects of the Code and are available to watch through the VLE.
- Watch "Actuarial Interaction and Challenge"
- Watch "Speaking Up, Whistleblowing - What do we mean? Is there a Difference?"
If you have any questions about the Code, you can contact the IFoA's Regulation Team.
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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.
Watch the live stream of this year's Autumn Lecture with guest speaker Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP.