The Actuaries’ Code

The Actuaries’ Code is the ethical Code of Conduct to which all IFoA members must adhere. A revised version of the Code came into force on 1 August 2023.

The Code has six principles.

  1. Integrity – Members must act honestly and with integrity.
  2. Competence and care – Members must carry out work competently and with care.
  3. 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.
  4. Compliance – Members must comply with all relevant legal, regulatory, and professional requirements.
  5. 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.
  6. Communication – Members must communicate appropriately.

Download and read the Actuaries' Code

You can download and read the current full Code (PDF, 669 KB)

Who does the Actuaries’ Code apply to?

The Actuaries’ Code applies to all members of the IFoA.

Guidance

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.

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Training and education

The Professional Skills Training webinars and videos touch on various aspects of the Code and are available to watch through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)

When does the Actuaries’ Code apply?

The Code applies at all times to all Members’ conduct in relation to an actuarial role.

The Code also applies to all Members’ other conduct if that conduct could reasonably be considered to reflect upon the profession.

How does the Actuaries’ Code apply?

If you have any questions about your obligations under the Actuaries' Code you may wish to submit your query to the Professional Support Service.

Failure by a Member to comply with the ethical requirements set out in the Code may lead to disciplinary proceedings under the  IFoA’s Disciplinary Scheme.

Download and read our guidance as a PDF

Download our guidance (PDF, 920 KB)

Support

If you have any questions about the Code, you can contact the IFoA Regulatory Policy Team.

Resources

Conflicts of interest

Conflicts of interest is one of the key regulatory areas for the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFOA) and its members

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Speaking up

Speaking Up plays a key role for Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) Members

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Professional Support Service

The Professional Support Service (PSS) is a free support service for Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) members

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Disciplinary Committee

The Disciplinary Committee oversees and manages the IFoA's Disciplinary and Capacity for Membership Schemes.

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Non-mandatory guidance

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) produces non-mandatory guidance for IFoA members, their employers and other stakeholders

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