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The general duty to comply with all relevant legal, regulatory and professional requirements

6.1 Principle 4 of the Code provides that:

Members must comply with all relevant legal, regulatory and professional requirements”.

6.2 This includes any rules governing matters in the area in which a Member is practising, for example, pensions or financial markets legislation, as well as standards imposed by regulators which regulate the Member or their work. It also includes compliance with other relevant legislation, such as equality and diversity legislation applicable to the Member.

 


Keeping up to date

6.3 To be able to comply with their obligations under the ‘Compliance’ principle, Members need to be aware of, and understand, the relevant laws and regulations which apply to the work they are undertaking, and ensure that they keep abreast of any changes or developments to those laws and regulations.


Working internationally

6.4 It is important to bear in mind that the relevant legal, regulatory and professional requirements will not necessarily always be those that apply in the geographic location where the Member carries out their work, for example, where a Member works remotely but carries out work for an entity in another country. The IFoA’s Actuarial Profession Standard (APS) APS X1: Applying Standards to Actuarial Work[1], sets out how to determine which standards are applicable to actuarial work. Guidance for Members to assist them in determining which standards to apply is contained in the accompanying guide which can be found on the IFoA’s website.[2]

 


What if legal or regulatory obligations conflict with professional duties?

6.5 As stated earlier in this Guidance, from time to time certain situations might arise in which the legal requirements with which a Member is obliged to comply, appear, on the face of it, to be at odds with one or more of the principles of the Code. Where such a situation arises, the Code makes it clear that legal requirements will take precedence and the Member will not be treated as having breached the provisions of the Code if they are complying with an obligation under an applicable law.

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    Drawing from his most recent book “The New Long Life” and his longevity research Andrew J Scott will outline how longer lives and new technologies will fundamentally reshape how we structure our lives and transform the economy. As well as looking at the agenda this will set governments and corporates he will focus on the implications for you and how you prepare your future career.

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    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. 

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    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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    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

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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.

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    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

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    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

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    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.