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Kingman review

The Kingman Review is an independent review of the Financial Reporting Council (FRC), the regulator for auditors, accountants and actuaries. The review will be led by Sir John Kingman, who has extensive private and public sector experience. Find out more about how the IFoA is responding to the review

Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council

The Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council issued a Call for Evidence in June 2018. On 6 August, the IFoA submitted its response to the consultation.

You can read our response.

 

FAQs

What is the Independent Review of the Financial Reporting Council and why is it taking place?

In April 2018, the Government announced its intention to conduct an independent review of the FRC. This followed a number of high profile corporate collapses, notably Carillion, which subsequently led to a joint inquiry by the Work and Pensions and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committees

The Government is therefore undertaking this review to assess the effectiveness of the FRC’s governance, impact and powers, to ensure it is fit for the future.

Find the Review’s Terms of Reference here

 

Who is Sir John Kingman?

Sir John Kingman was appointed by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to lead the Review. As a consequence, it is sometimes referred to as the Kingman Review.

Sir John is a former senior civil servant who was Second Permanent Secretary to HM Treasury until 2016. He is currently the Chairman of Legal & General.

He is supported by a small secretariat team and an Advisory Group.

 

What is the Financial Reporting Council (FRC)?

The FRC is a UK Non Departmental Public Body that has regulatory roles in relation to auditors, accountants and actuaries in the UK, and is responsible for the UK’s corporate governance code.

Since 2005, the FRC has had specific responsibilities in relation to the regulation of actuaries carrying out work within UK geographic scope (more details below).

 

Why is the Review important to the IFoA?

Whilst the call for evidence predominantly focuses on how the FRC regulates audit and accountancy, the Review also asks whether the existing arrangement for the regulation of actuaries in the UK (put in place following a review in 2005 (the Morris Review)) is still fit for purpose.  

 

What are the current regulatory arrangements for IFoA members?

Since the 2005 Morris Review, the FRC has, by agreement with the IFoA set out in a Memorandum of Understanding, been responsible for three functions relating to the regulation of actuaries in the UK:

  • Independent oversight of IFoA regulation in the UK (including the IFoA qualifications system);
  • Setting of Technical Actuarial Standards (TASs) in relation to UK actuarial work (the IFoA is responsible for all ethical/conduct standards, including the Actuaries’ Code); and
  • Disciplinary enforcement in relation to cases involving IFoA members that potentially give rise to “important issues affecting the public interest in the UK” (the IFoA deals with other disciplinary cases through its Disciplinary Scheme).

The IFoA is responsible for all other aspects of the regulation of its members, including all non-UK work/members, CPD requirements and Practising Certificates, as well as the regulation of the different qualification standards and admissions. The IFoA also retains responsibility for enforcing the TASs in relation to members carrying out UK work.

 

What changes would we like to see as a result of the Review?

The IFoA believes that the model of professional self-regulation subject to effective independent oversight remains the most appropriate arrangement for the regulation of actuaries in the UK.

However, our response highlights some specific aspects of the arrangements where there may be an opportunity to make changes to improve effectiveness as well as to reflect developments in the actuarial profession since the time of the Morris review.

In particular, the IFoA considers that the current arrangements could be sensibly improved by:

  1. clearer distinction between regulatory/qualification (IFoA) and independent oversight (FRC) roles; and
  2. simplified arrangements in relation to the setting of professional standards.

One area where we see no need for change is a suggestion in the consultation for the FRC to receive statutory powers in relation to actuarial regulation.

We believe that there no evidence to suggest that the current arrangements are not serving to protect the public interest and the introduction of a system of statutory regulation, where there is not an identifiable need to do so, seems disproportionate.

 

How was the IFoA’s response developed?

The IFoA established a Steering Group comprised of senior volunteers and the IFoA Executive. The Group worked together throughout the consultation period to inform our response, which was then reviewed and signed off by the Regulation Board, the Policy and Public Affairs Board (PPAB) and Council.

 

Which other professions are affected by the Review?

The Financial Reporting Council also oversees the professional bodies for accountants and auditors in the UK and has particular regulatory roles in relation to audit and accountancy, therefore those professions are also in scope of the Review.

 

What happens next?

The call for evidence closed on 6 August 2018. The Review Secretariat will now consider the evidence it receives and will produce a final report for Government on its findings towards the end of 2018. The Government will then consider the report and will consult on any necessary recommendations or changes in 2019.

In the interim, members of the IFoA Steering Group will continue to engage with the FRC Secretariat Team.

For more information regarding the Review, please visit the review website

For more information regarding the IFoA’s response, please contact the IFoA Regulation team

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  • Webinar Series: Risk and Investment Conference 2019, 17 June

    These are online webinar events
    17 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA’s Risk Management and Finance and Investment Boards are delighted to host a series of webinars covering a range of topical and trending topics ranging from climate related risks to Brexit.

  • Spaces available

    Increasing global concern over the impact of climate change has recently led to public scrutiny over the adequacy of existing risk management practices by insurance firms and pension schemes in dealing with these challenges, that potentially impact both individual actuaries and the IFOA generally.

     

  • Pensions Conference 2019

    Bristol Marriott Hotel City Centre, 2 Lower Castle Street, Old Market, Bristol, BS1 3AD
    18-19 June 2019
    Spaces available

    Five plenaries and 13 workshops cover current topics and industry trends in the Pension sector with the opportunity to develop your network at the pre-conference evening dinner (18 June).  There is also a day ticket option available for the 19 June. 

  • KSS event – FinTech and The Actuarial Profession

    EY, Atria One, 144 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk from FinTech Scotland's CEO will explore the mission to create an integrated Fintech ecosystem through provision of funding, support, infrastructure and talent that recognises and responds to the needs of all stakeholders - and the overarching aim for Scotland to be one of the top 5 Fintech global leaders by 2020.

    To book your place, please email Barry_Shannon@standardlife.com 

  • Current Issues in General Insurance (CIGI) 2019

    Inmarsat, 99 City Road, London, EC1Y 1BJ
    19 June 2019

    Spaces available

    CIGI is a well-established one-day seminar designed to increase awareness and encourage discussion on a variety of topical issues across the general insurance industry. 

    There will be an excellent and diverse line-up of speakers to provide a variety of perspectives and challenge covering technical and professional areas. 

  • Cass Event – New Thinking about Deferred Annuities

    Cass Business School, Executive Education Facilities 200 Aldersgate St, London EC1A 4HD
    21 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Our motivation for discussing this important subject comes from some exciting recent research which has analysed the impact of behavioural factors on the decision to purchase an annuity. This work has shown that behavioural factors can explain the well-known low demand for immediate annuities but this research also identifies an important opportunity in relation to deferred annuities (DA). The research suggests that these factors lead to positive incentives to purchase a DA and that, for longer deferred periods, a DA could be an attractive product for both consumers and insurers.

  • IFoA/SAS Joint Professional Skills Training – Singapore

    Room 903, NTUC Centre, Level 9, One Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
    25 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Singapore Actuarial Society (SAS) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Singapore. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • Webinar Series: Risk and Investment Conference 2019, 26 June

    These are online webinar events.
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The IFoA’s Risk Management and Finance and Investment Boards are delighted to host a series of webinars covering a range of topical and trending topics ranging from climate related risks to Brexit.

  • AGM and Presidential Address 2019 + Volunteer and Member Drinks Reception

    The Hub  Castlehill Edinburgh EH1 2NE
    26 June 2019

    Spaces available

    Notice is hereby given that the ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of the INSTITUTE AND FACULTY OF ACTUARIES will be held at The Hub, Edinburgh on Wednesday 26 June 2019 at 16.30 (Preceded by tea from 16.00) and followed by a PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS given by John Taylor.

  • IFAM event - Actuarial Teachers’ & Researchers’ Conference 2019

    Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics Department of Mathematical  Sciences The University of Liverpool Mathematical Sciences Building Peach Street Liverpool, L69 7ZL
    27 June 2019 - 29 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute for Financial and Actuarial Mathematics (IFAM) at the University of Liverpool is pleased to host the 2019 Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference from 27-28 June 2019. This annual two-day event has been running annually now for many years, each time hosted by a different university, and provides all those interested in actuarial research and education a great opportunity to share their ideas and catch up on the latest developments.

  • IFoA/ASM Joint Professional Skills Training – Kuala Lumpur

    Menara AIA, Auditorium, 99 Jalan Ampang, 50450, Kuala Lumpur
    28 June 2019

    Spaces available

    The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries (IFoA) and Actuarial Society of Malaysia (ASM) are organising a joint Professional Skills Training (PST) in Kuala Lumpur. This session is suitable for actuaries working in any area (i.e. it is not specifically aimed at Life, GI or any other technical discipline) and is interactive, so you should come along prepared to take part in the discussions.

  • SIAS: The Impact of Air Pollution on Health and Life Expectancy

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    2 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Air pollution has gained increasing attention lately. Nicola Oliver, head of longevity and mortality research for Medical Intelligence, will discuss not only the impacts of air pollution on health and life expectancy but also how as an industry we should be addressing it.

  • Spaces available

    The actuarial profession has much to offer the world of banking. In this webinar actuaries with experience in various fields of banking will talk about the opportunities there are in banking; describing the actuarial aspects of the work they do as well as other roles within their area of banking.

  • Implications of 2019 IFRS 17 Exposure Draft

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn, London, WC1V 7QJ
    24 July 2019

    Spaces available

    Towards the end of June, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is expected to publish an Exposure Draft (ED) of limited changes to its insurance contracts standard IFRS 17, effective date 2022. To help IFoA members, the IFoA’s cross-practice Financial Reporting Group (FRG) is hosting an event at Staple Inn covering these developments. 

    For more information on the FRG please visit this webpage

  • KSS event – The Regulatory Perspective

    Deloitte Saltire Court 20 Castle Terrace Edinburgh EH1 2EG
    5 September 2019

    Spaces available

    This KSS talk, presented by the FCA Head of Department in Scotland, will focus on the following 3 main areas:

    • FCA business plan priorities
    • The future of regulation
    • FCA Engagement in Scotland
  • Sessional Research Event - Risk Margin Working Party

    Staple Inn Hall, High Holborn London, WC1V 7QJ
    9 September 2019

    Spaces available

    For life insurers in the UK, the risk margin is one of the most controversial aspects of the Solvency II regime. Following its implementation, the risk margin came under considerable criticism for being too large and too sensitive to interest rate movements. These criticisms are particularly valid for annuity business – such business is of great significance to the national system for retirement provision. This criticism has led to political interest, and the risk margin was a major element of the Treasury Committee inquiry into Solvency II.

  • GIRO Conference 2019

    EICC, The Exchange, 150 Morrison St, Edinburgh EH3 8EE
    24-26 September 2019
    Spaces available

    GIRO is attended annually by over 800 delegates and speakers who are keen to discuss key topics such as Pricing, Reserving, Modelling and the future of the insurance industry. GIRO 2018 was a huge success and we have opened bookings early for what we hope will be another brilliant conference at the EICC in Edinburgh this year. 

     

  • Autumn Lecture 2019, London - Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP

    Lincoln's Inn The Treasury Office, London WC2A 3TL
    2 December 2019

    Spaces available

    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.