Proposed Repeal of Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 9
Documentation and Disclosure in Property and Casualty Insurance Ratemaking, Loss Reserving, and Valuations
TO: Members of Actuarial Organizations Governed by the Standards of Practice of the Actuarial Standards Board and Other Persons Interested in Property and Casualty Ratemaking, Loss Reserving, and Valuations
FROM: Actuarial Standards Board (ASB)
SUBJ: Proposed repeal of Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 9
This document is an exposure draft of a proposed repeal of ASOP No. 9, Documentation and Disclosure in Property and Casualty Insurance Ratemaking, Loss Reserving, and Valuations. Please review this exposure draft and give the ASB the benefit of your comments and suggestions. Each written response and each response sent by e-mail to the address below will be acknowledged, and all responses will receive appropriate consideration by the drafting committee in preparing the final document for approval by the ASB.
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Deadline for receipt of responses in the ASB office: August 15, 2007
ASOP No. 9, Documentation and Disclosure in Property and Casualty Insurance Ratemaking, Loss Reserving, and Valuations, was effective in 1991 and relied heavily on Interpretative Opinion No.3 of the Guides and Interpretative Opinions as to Professional Conduct of the American Academy of Actuaries. The standard also included the Statement of Principles Regarding Property and Casualty Ratemaking, the Statement of Principles Regarding Property and Casualty Loss and Loss Adjustment Expense Reserves, and the Statement of Principles Regarding Property and Casualty Valuations as separate appendices.
In 2002, the ASB repealed Interpretative Opinion 3: Professional Communications of Actuaries when the Board adopted ASOP No. 41, Actuarial Communications, which supersedes the guidance of Interpretative Opinion No. 3. ASOP No. 41 was applicable to all areas of actuarial practice and provides guidance with respect to written, electronic, or oral communications.
The Casualty Committee of the ASB has reviewed ASOP No. 9 and compared the various sections to ASOP No. 41 as well as the Code of Professional Conduct. The conclusion was that ASOP No. 9 was redundant with ASOP No. 41 and the Code of Professional Conduct.
The ASB reviewed the draft at its June 2007 meeting and approved its exposure.
Casualty Committee of the ASB
Patrick B. Woods, Chairperson
Steven Armstrong Claus S. Metzner
Raji Bhagavatula David J. Otto
Beth Fitzgerald Alfred O. Weller
Bertram A. Horowitz
Actuarial Standards Board
Cecil D. Bykerk, Chairperson
Albert J. Beer Robert G. Meilander
William C. Cutlip Godfrey Perrott
Alan D. Ford Lawrence J. Sher
David R. Kass Karen F. Terry
Note: This appendix is prepared for informational purposes only.
The Casualty Committee prepared the following grid highlighting sections of the current ASOP as a cross reference against ASOP No. 41 and the Code of Professional Conduct to reflect where appropriate actuarial guidance already exists for the related item or where the item would have been considered educational material and, therefore, not included in any proposed revision other than possibly an appendix.
Reference to ASOP No. 41 or the
Code of Professional Conduct
|2.1||Actuarial Report||ASOP No. 41 (2.3)|
|2.2||Actuarial Work Product||ASOP No. 41 (2.2)|
|2.3||Required Actuarial Documentation||ASOP No. 41 (2.1)|
|2.4||Statement of Actuarial Opinion||ASOP No. 41 (2.1)|
|2.5||Statement of Actuarial Review||ASOP No. 41 (2.1)|
|Section 3||Background and Historical Issues||Educational – not needed in standard|
|Section 4||Current Practices and Alternatives||Educational – not needed in standard|
|Section 5||Analysis of Issues and Recommended Practices|
|5.1||Introduction||ASOP No. 41 (3.1, 3.1.1-3.1.3, 3.4)|
|5.2||Extent of Documentation||ASOP No. 41 (3.1.8, 3.6|
|5.3||Prevention of Misuse||ASOP No. 41 (188.8.131.52); Code of Professional Conduct (precept 8 and Annotation 8.1)|
|5.4||Disclosure of Conflict with Professional Judgment, and Advocacy||ASOP No. 41 (3.1.7, 3.1.8)|
|5.5||Availability of Documentation||ASOP No. 41 (3.1.5)|
|5.6||Conflicting Interests||ASOP No. 41 (3.5.2); Code of Professional Conduct (Precept 7)|
|5.7||Signature on Work Product||ASOP No. 41 (3.1.4)|
|5.8||Reliance on Another||ASOP No. 41 (3.1.6)|
|5.9||Waiver of Fee||Code of Professional Conduct (Precept 3)|