Committee Terms of Reference

Education Committee

The role of the Committee is:

  1. To keep under review existing arrangements for the education and training of actuaries in the member states of the EU and other EEA countries and Switzerland.
  2. To collect information to facilitate a better understanding of the scope and standard of training of those considered to be full members of the various national associations and the way (or ways) in which that training is carried out.
  3. To monitor and report to the General Assembly on the implementation by member associations of the recommended structure and core syllabus for the training of the EU actuary as approved by the AAE.
  4. To create a platform for an exchange of information between the member associations and for them to support each other in the implementation of the core syllabus and development of education programmes, including CPD.
  5. To liaise with the International Actuarial Association (IAA) to achieve an international agreement on structure and core syllabus likely to be acceptable to member associations of the AAE.
  6. To enter into discussions with the European Commission to discover what initiatives might be available at EU level, and to assist national associations, universities and institutions of higher education in order to develop and promote a truly European education programme for the actuarial profession.
  7. To oversee the Summer School and Colloquium programmes.
  8. To review regularly the Core Syllabus and ensure it is kept up to date.
  9. To review regularly the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) strategy and ensure it is kept up to date.

October 2007

Insurance Committee

The Committee will consider, from the point of view of the actuarial profession, all matters relating to insurance and reinsurance, both life and non-life, and health insurance in the European Union, report to the General Assembly and make proposals on action required.

In particular the Committee will:

  1. present through the AAE the views of the actuarial profession in the EU on matters of concern to the profession in the fields of insurance, reinsurance and health insurance to the EU Institutions, particularly the European Commission and the European Parliament, and, where appropriate, to other organizations;
  2. where appropriate, co-operate with other Committees of the AAE, particularly the Pensions, and Investment and Financial Risk Committees, in considering issues of joint concern, to ensure a co-ordinated approach in making submissions to the Commission and other organizations;
  3. have regard to the AAE’s Core Syllabus for Actuarial Training in Europe and make recommendations, wherever appropriate, to the Education Committee on subjects relating to life and non-life insurance and to health insurance;
  4. maintain contact with the appropriate Committee(s) of the International Actuarial Association;
  5. organise annual meetings with representatives of the Insurance Supervisory Authorities.

October 2000

Investment and Financial Risk Committee

The Committee will consider, from the point of view of the actuarial profession, matters relating to investment and financial risk in the European Union, report to the General Assembly and make proposals on action required:

In particular the Committee will:

  1. present through the AAE the views of the actuarial profession in the EU on matters of concern to the profession in the fields of Investment and Financial Risk to the EU Institutions, particularly the European Commission and the European Parliament and, where appropriate, to other organizations;
  2. where appropriate, collaborate with other technical Committees of the AAE (Insurance and Pensions)in considering issues of joint concern, to ensure a co-ordinated approach in particular when making submissions to the Commission and other external organizations;
  3. develop position papers on investment and financial risk issues for submission to the European Commission and other interested organizations, including in particular European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA), and the European Banking Authority (EBA);
  4. promote and encourage the development of actuarial skills in investment and financial risk within the actuarial profession in Europe, having regard to the AAE’s Core Syllabus for Actuarial Training in Europe, and make recommendations, wherever appropriate, to the Education Committee on subjects related to investment and financial risk;
  5. proactively identify new opportunities and relevant areas of interest;
  6. maintain contact with the appropriate Committee(s) of the International Actuarial Association and develop and maintain contact with AFIR/ERM (the Financial Risk/Enterprise Risk Management section of the International Actuarial Association).

October 2012

Pensions Committee

The Committee will consider, from the point of view of the actuarial profession, all matters relating to pensions in the European Union, report to the General Assembly and make proposals on action required.

In particular the Committee will:

  1. present through the AAE the views of the actuarial profession in the EU on matters of concern to the profession in the pensions field to the EU Institutions, particularly the European Commission and the European Parliament, and, where appropriate, to other organisations;
  2. where appropriate, co-operate with other Committees of the AAE particularly the Insurance, and Investment and Financial Risk Committees, in considering issues of joint concern, to ensure a co-ordinated approach in making submissions to the Commission and other organisations;
  3. have regard to the AAE’s Core Syllabus for Actuarial Training in Europe and make recommendations, wherever appropriate, to the Education Committee on subjects relating to pensions;
    maintain contact with the appropriate Committee(s) of the International Actuarial Association;
  4. organise annual meetings with representatives of the Pensions Supervisory Authorities.

October 2000

Standards, Freedoms and Professionalism Committee

1. The role of the Committee is:

  1. To keep under review, in so far as they affect the profession of actuary, the freedoms established under the Treaty of Rome regarding the movement, establishment and provision of services throughout the member states of the EU and corresponding opportunities for actuarial practice in the other countries represented by Full Member Associations of the AAE.
  2. To have overall responsibility for the activity of the AAE with regard to professional conduct, Actuarial Standards of Practice and technical guidelines which may affect actuarial work performed by individual members of Member Associations and to liaise with, advise, make recommendations to and cooperate with other organisations which may promulgate or are stakeholders to a process of development and/or promulgation of standards or guidelines for actuaries.
  3. To consider all other issues not specifically reserved to other Committees of the AAE or referred to in the terms of reference for the Officers/Board of Directors and the secretariat, and to make recommendations thereon to the General Assembly.
  4. To take such interim decisions it considers necessary, subject to ratification by the General Assembly.

2. In particular, the Committee will:

  1. Having regard to the rights established under the Treaty of Rome:
    • to move freely between Member States in order to take up and pursue a contract of employment;
    • of freedom of establishment, in order to take up and pursue the activities of self-employed persons in the Member States;
    • of freedom to provide services (including professional activities) in the Member States;

    consider and make submissions on EU legislation relating thereto and to the qualifications required and formal recognition, insofar as they may affect the profession of actuary and the performance of actuarial services.

  2. Consider issues relating to the professional conduct of actuaries and the provision of actuarial services in Europe and make recommendations to the General Assembly as appropriate.
  3. Develop, make recommendations to the General Assembly and keep under review the Code of Conduct and the Agreement on the Mutual Recognition of Qualifications.
  4. Advise the Officers/Board of Directors about matters relating to the strategy and business planning, the general operation and the committee structure of the AAE.
  5. Consider and make recommendations to the General Assembly regarding the need for Actuarial Standards of Practice or practice guidelines to be developed, adopted or issued by the AAE, as well as recommending to the General Assembly an appropriate due process for the development and adoption of any such standards or guidelines.
  6. In the light of any decision by the General Assembly to develop an Actuarial Standard of Practice or practice guideline, or to adapt or adopt a standard or guideline issued by some other body, to oversee the development of and completion of due process for the standard or guideline and to submit for approval any recommendation relating to an Actuarial Standard of Practice or practice guideline to the General Assembly.
  7. In order to assist in carrying out its responsibilities in relation to Actuarial Standards of Practice under 1(ii), 2(v) and 2(vi), establish and appoint members to a Standards Project Team, which may include participating (but non-voting) observer members who are not actuaries, and which will be responsible for drafting and due process under the Committee’s oversight.

March 2011


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