This regular column in Actuarial Update highlights the ASB’s work and other important professionalism issues.

The August “Professionalism Counts” looks at the Applicability Guidelines for Actuarial Standards of Practice (ASOPs) and how the guidelines are an effective tool to help actuaries determine which ASOPs apply to a given situation. (Actuarial Update, August 2020)

The first precept of our Code of Professional Conduct requires us to act with integrity, honesty, and competence. The remaining precepts elaborate on this basic requirement in other areas, including standards of practice and communication. (Actuarial Update, July 2020)

The June “Professionalism Counts” column is a Q&A with three members of the Committee on Professional Responsibility on self-regulation, following release of the discussion paper Self-Regulation and the Actuarial Profession. (Actuarial Update, June 2020)

Because clients, employers, and the public rely on the work of actuaries, actuaries must hold themselves to high standards of conduct. (Actuarial Update, May 2020)

With conferences and other in-person events canceled across the country due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Academy offers many opportunities to earn relevant continuing education (CE) to fulfill your professionalism obligations, which are so important to maintaining the public’s trust in our profession. (Actuarial Update, April 2020)

Clear actuarial communication—especially in a time of a pandemic crisis when most people are working remotely—is about much more than the numbers, as spelled out in both Actuarial Standard of Practice No. 41, Actuarial Communications, and Precept 4 of the Code of Professional Conduct.(Actuarial Update, March 2020)

Most of the time, actuaries know which standards of practice apply to their work. Precept 3 of the Code of Professional Conduct requires actuaries to ensure that the actuarial services they perform satisfy applicable standards of practice. (Actuarial Update, February 2020)

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The Actuarial Standards Board released the new Actuarial Standard of Practice (ASOP) No. 56, Modeling. This new ASOP applies to all practice areas and will be effective for work performed on or after Oct. 1, 2020. (Actuarial Update, January 2020)