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Standards updates

The updates on this page provide details of Actuarial Profession Standards (APSs) which have been amended, withdrawn or newly issued, and updates from the Financial Reporting Council
2019 updates  
Update 45, Issued 19 March 2019

Minor amendment to standard APS X1 Applying Standards To Actuarial Work

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2018 Updates  
Update 44
Issued 20 April 2018

Revised Standard: APS X3 The Actuary as an Expert in Legal Proceedings  
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2017 Updates  
Update 43
Issued 1 August 2017
Revised Standards come into effect on 1 September 2017:
APS G1: The Chief Actuary in Non-Life.  Version 2.0
APS L2: Duties and Responsibilties of Life Assurance Actuaries.  Version 3.0
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Update 42
Issued 29 March 2017
TAS 100: Prinicples for Actuarial Work
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2016 Updates  
Update 41
Issued 16 December 2016
APS X1: Applying Standards to Actuarial Work; and TAS 100: Principles for Actuarial Work
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Update 40
Issued 18 May 2016
Revised Standard:  APS D1 Investment Related Business Activities for Authorised Professional Firms
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2015 Updates  
Update 39
Issued 1 December 2015
Revised Standard: APS L1 Duties and Responsibilities of Life Assurance Actuaries
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Update 38
Issued 1 December 2015
New Standard: The Chief Actuary in Non-Life Insurance:  APS G1 Introduced
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Update 37
Issued 30 November 2015
New Standard: Duties and Responsibilities for Actuaries Working for UK Trust-Based Pre-Paid Funeral Plans: APS Z1 Introduced
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Update 36
Issued 08.07.2015
New Guidance on the Actuary and Activities Regulated under FSMA 2000 and the withdrawal of the IAN: The Actuary and Activities Regulated under FSMA 2000
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Update 35
Issued 16.03.2015

Withdrawal of APS P2, effective 1 July 2015
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Update 34
Issued 29.01.2015

APS X2: Review of Actuarial Work – Version 1.0, effective from 1 July 2015
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Update 33
Issued 09.01.2015

AS TM1: Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations – Version 4.1, effective from 6 April 2015
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2014 Updates  
Update 32
Issued 24/10/2014
APS X3: The Actuary as an Expert in Legal Proceedings - Version 1.0, effective 01.01.2015
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Update 31
Issued 28.02.2014

APS P2: Compliance Review - Pensions - Version 1.1

APS G2: Actuarial Reporting for Lloyd's Syndicates writing US business - Version 1.1

APS L1: Duties and responsibilities of Life Assurance actuaries - Version 1.1

APS L2: The Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Communication by actuaries) Regulations 2003 - Version 1.1

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2013 Updates  
Update 30
Issued 26.09.2013
Actuaries' Code (version 2.0) Update
Update 29
Issued 31.05.2013
APS P1: Duties and Responsibilities of Members Undertaking Work in Relation to Pension Schemes (version 2.0) Update
Update 28
Issued 15.02.2013
IAN: The Actuary as an Expert Witness (version 2.0) Update
Update 27
Issued 29.01.2013

APS D1: Investment Related Business Activities for Authorised Professional Firms (version 2.0) Update

AS TM1: Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (version 3.0) Update

2012 Updates  
Update 26
Issued10.05.2012
Deletion of IAN : The Risks of Derivative Exposure Update
Update 25
Issued 20.01.2012
TM1 Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (Version 2.0; 22 December 2011) Update
2011 Updates  
Update 24
Issued 01.09.2011
Cross-practice Area Announcement: New TASs and Withdrawal of GNs (effective 1 October 2011) Update
Update 23
Issued 01.03.2011
New Pensions APS
APS P1: Duties and Responsibilities of Pensions Actuaries (effective 1  April 2011; Version 1.0) Update
 
APS P2: Compliance Review - Pensions (effective 1 April 2011; Version 1.0) Update
Update 22
Issued18.02.2011
Funeral Plans TAS Update
2010 Updates  
Update 21
Issued 02.12.2010
Amendments to GN09: Funding Defined Benefits (version 9.0)
and GN12:  General Insurance Business - Actuarial Reports (version 5.0) Update
Update 20
Issued 15.11.2010

APS G2: Actuarial Reporting for Lloyd's Syndicates Writing US Business Update
This Actuarial Profession Standard replaces GN33 which will be withdrawn by the Board for Actuarial Standards from 15 December 2010.

2009 Updates  
Update 19
Issued 29.12.2009
GN48: Compliance Review - Pensions (effective 1 February 2010) Update
Update 18
Issued 31.10.2009
APS D1 - Investment Related Business Activities for Authorised Professional Firms which (effective 1 December 2009) Update
Update 17
Issued 01.09.2009
Presidents Endorse new Actuaries' Code Update
From 1 October 2009, any reference to the PCS in existing Guidance Notes maintained by the Profession or the BAS, should be read as referring to the Actuaries' Code.
2008 Updates  
Update 16
Issued 01.11.2008
Re-adoption of Guidance Notes Update
Members will be aware that responsibility for Technical Standards passed to the Board for Actuarial Standards with effect from April 2006.  As part of this process, the Profession transferred the responsibility for a large number of its Guidance Notes to the BAS on 19 May 2006.
Update 15
Issued 22.09.2008
BAS Standards - GN11: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Transfer Values Update
Update 14
Issued 25.03.2008
BAS Standards - GN19: Retirement Benefit Schemes Winding-up and Scheme Asset Deficiency Update
Update 13
Issued 13.03.2008
Actuarial Profession Standards - GN29: Occupational Pension Schemes - Advisers to the Trustees Update
Update 12
Issued 31.01.2008
BAS Standards
GN09: Funding Defined Benefits - Presentation of Actuarial Advice Update
GN11: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Transfer Values Update
GN22: Disclosure - FSA Rules Update
2017 Updates  
Update 11
Issued 30.11.2007
GN20: Actuarial Reporting under the Lloyd's Valuation of Liabilities Rules Update
Update 10
Issued 30.10.2007

Actuarial Profession Standards (formerly known as MAP)
GN5: The Prudential Supervision Outside the UK of Long-term Insurance Business (version 3.1) Update

GN5: Letter from the Chairman of the Life Board Update

Update 9
Issued 20.06.2007 
Professional Conduct Standards (PCS) (effective 1 August 2007; version 3.0) Update
Update 8
Issued 11.04.2007
GN11: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Transfer Values  (effective 30 December 2006; version 9.2) Update
 
GN19: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Winding-up and Scheme Asset Deficiency (effective 3 September 2005; version 4.7) Update
 
GN28: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Adequacy of Benefits for Contracting-out (effective 29 July 2006; version 2.1) Update
 
GN49: Occupational Pension Schemes - Scheme Funding Matters on Which Advice of Actuary Must be Obtained (effective 30 December 2005; version 2.0) Update
 
GN51: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Modification of Subsisting Rights Without Consent (effective 6 November 2006; version 1.1) Update
 
Technical Memorandum (TM1): Statutory Money Purchase Illustrations (effective 1 November 2006; version 1.2) Update
Update 7
Issued 27.02.2007

GN29: Occupational pension schemes - Advisers to the Trustees (effective 1 April 2007; version 7.0) Update

Update 6
Issued 19.01.2007
GN46: Individual Capital Assessment (version 2.0 BAS amendment 1) Update
2006 Updates  
Update 5
Issued 27.12.2006

GN44: Mathematical Reserves and Resilience Capital Requirement (version 2.0 BAS amendment 1) Update 
 
GN45: Determining the With-profits Insurance Capital Component (version 2.0 BAS amendment 1) Update
 
GN46: Individual Capital Assessment (version 2.0 BAS amendment 1) Update
 
GN47: Stochastic Modelling of Economic Risks in Life Insurance (version 2.0 BAS amendment 1) Update
 
Members were alerted to near final versions of the GNs in Professional Standards Directory (PSD) Update 4 issued on 20 December 2006.  The GNs have now been replaced with final versions which take effect on 31 December 2008.
 
As stated in the PSD Update of 20 December, the Profession considered what changes to the GNs might be appropriate as a result of the proposals in PS06/14 and shared its work with the BAS as input to the BAS's thinking.  

Paul Seymour, Chairman of the BAS, has written to the Presidents setting out the various options which the BAS considered in amending the GNs.

Update 4
Issued 20.12.2006
Due Process for approving Actuarial Profession (AP) Standards (effective 1 January 2007; version 1.0) Update
 
Protocol for Information and Assistances Notes (IANs) (effective 1 January 2007; version 1.0) Update
 
Due Process for Responding to Proposals from the IAA for International Actuarial Standards of Practice (IASPs) (effective 1 January 2007;version 1.0) Update
Update 3
Issued 30.11.2006

GN48: Compliance Review – Pensions (effective 1 January 2007; version 2.0) Update

GN48: Covering Letter  from the Chairman of the Pensions Board

Update 2
Issued 03.10.2006

GN51: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Modification of Subsisting Rights Without Consent (effective 6 November 2006; version 1.1) Update

GN51: Covering letter from the Chairman of the Pensions Board

Update 1
Issued 07.07.2006
GN28: Retirement Benefit Schemes - Adequacy of Benefits for Contracting Out (effective 29 July 2006; version 2.1) Update 

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    Because of Covid-19, forecasters predict a severe recession in 2020, followed by a V or U-shaped recovery. This impacts both individuals and companies. However, compared to previous recessions, the impact on banks of higher credit losses should be mitigated to some extent by government actions. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series

    This session will provide an overview of the Population Health Management Working Party's research including defining impactability and impactability modelling, discussing some examples of specific modelling approaches, considering the practical challenges across the NHS as well as wider public perception and ethical issues.

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    Many actuaries consider career opportunities in the Finance and Investment practice area after having started off in more traditional actuarial roles such as valuations, capital management or pricing. This session is aimed at helping actuaries to better understand roles in Finance and Investment and how they can fine tune their skills to pursue such careers.

  • Mortality and Longevity Webinar Series 2020

    Webinar Series
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    Due to COVID-19, we are running this programme via a series of webinars commencing 22nd July.

    This webinar series will provide topical and practical updates and discussion on the latest thinking and innovations in mortality and longevity, and is designed to be very accessible to a broad range of experience.

     

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    Predictive risk assessment and risk stratification models based on postcode-level consumer classification are widely used for life insurance underwriting. However, these are socio-economic models not directly related to health information. Similar to precision medicine, precision life insurance should aim to tailor policy pricing/reserving to the individual health characteristics of each client.

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    As insurers look towards their internal model calibration process for 2020 final year financials and statutory returns, actuaries need to deal with the complexity of adequately modelling their business in 2020 and beyond. This discussion will look at what poor model selection and calibration could look like – using inappropriate historical data; using incorrect 2020 mortality data; inappropriate stochastic model recalibration (or lack thereof). What about being prudent vs setting a best estimate? How do you allow for tail risks during a tail risk event?  This is the fourth webinar in the Extreme Mortality Events series presented by Chair of the Life Board of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, Colin Dutkiewicz. 

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance.

    The International Association of Insurance Supervisors announced on 14 November 2019 the adoption of v2.0 of the global Insurance Capital Standard (ICS) which will undergo confidential reporting for 5 years starting from 2020. This session will include specific experiences from Legal and General (L&G) as well as global industry perspectives from EY.

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    Current Issues in Life Assurance

    This session will cover the PRA supervisory statement on financial impacts related to climate change, industry insights into PRA climate risk business plans, examples climate risk strategy setting out key workstreams and activity steps for successful execution, an overview of a climate risk strategy execution timeline and the future.     

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. Using new and unique research and data from the UK, US, Sweden and China, this presentation investigates how consumers use the internet through their insurance journey and analyzes the role culture and generation plays in their online behaviour. We use this research to show the online landscape for insurance sales in the UK and suggest ways to shape new products and effectively engage with the consumer who is buying them.

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    Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Gen Re Life/Health Research and Development, Dr John O'Brien, will discuss the impacts of Gene Modification for life/health insurance. 

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. In this talk we will outline the steps Aviva took in pulling together our first large-scale disclosures on the exposure of our business to climate change published in March 2019; in line with the recommendations of the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures. After touching on why insurers have such an important role in climate change, we'll cover a brief “how-to” guide for those who have not yet embarked on thinking about these topics before giving a case study of how the learnings from a TCFD disclosure exercise can be applied to investment portfolios.

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    Part of the Protection, Health and Care Conference 2020 webinar series. 

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