The Actuarial Board for Counseling and Discipline (“ABCD”) was established in the bylaws of the American Academy of Actuaries to strengthen the adherence of members of the five U.S.-based actuarial organizations to the recognized standards of ethical and professional conduct.

Primary Functions
  • Respond to requests from members of the five participating U.S.-based organizations for guidance regarding professionalism
  • Consider complaints about possible violations of the Code(s) of Professional Conduct
  • Counsel actuaries on good professional practice
  • Mediate disputes among actuaries and others
  • Conduct educational outreach efforts, which include making oral presentations and writing magazine articles to help actuaries, regulators, and other stakeholders become more familiar with the ABCD’s work

The ABCD consists of a Chairperson, two Vice Chairpersons, and six other members. They are appointed to three-year terms by a Selection Committee, established in the Academy bylaws and chaired by the Academy President. The Selection Committee appoints ABCD members in such a way as to ensure that all practice areas are adequately represented.


The ABCD’s jurisdiction to investigate alleged violations extends to the actuarial practice of the five U.S.-based organizations’ members in every country. By virtue of agreement between the five U.S.-based organizations and the Canadian Institute of Actuaries (CIA), the CIA has jurisdiction to investigate actuarial practice of the participating organizations’ members in Canada; similarly, CIA members’ actuarial practice in the United States can be investigated by the ABCD.

Up to Code

This regular column in Contingencies highlights the ABCD’s work and important professionalism issues.

The Gifts and Responsibilities of Age

September/October 2020
by Godfrey Perrott

Communicating the Unknown

July/August 2020
by David Ogden

Looking for Truth in Shades of Gray

May/June 2020
by John T. Stokesbury

Actuarial Assumptions

March/April 2020
by Deborah Rosenberg

Precept 11—Tell the Truth, the Whole Truth, and Nothing But the Truth

January/February 2020
by Kenneth A. Kent

Getting Political—Can an Actuary Weigh In on Thorny Issues?

November/December 2019
by Alice Rosenblatt

The ABCD Goes to the Movies

September/October 2019
by David Driscoll

Exercising Professional Judgment in a Self-Regulated Profession

July/August 2019
by Allan W. Ryan

Communicating Clearly With ASOP No. 41

May/June 2019
by David Ogden

How can we help you?

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Learn about the complaint process.

How do you complain to the ABCD about an actuary's conduct? What happens once a complaint has been made?

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ABCD members make educational presentations at actuarial seminars and clubs, regulators' meetings, and elsewhere.

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