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 in good professional practice
  • Mediate disputes between 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, consisting of the Presidents and Presidents-Elect of the five U.S.-based organizations that participate in the ABCD. 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.

If You Want to Grow Big and Strong, Eat Your Spinach

November/December 2018
by John T. Stokesbury

A(E)SOP’s Fables

September/October 2018
by Deborah Rosenberg

Communicating Uncertainty: The Importance of Acknowledging Limitations

July/August 2018
by David Driscoll

Know Your ASOPs

May/June 2018
by Allan W. Ryan

Precept 10—Actuarial Disagreements

March/April 2018
by David F. Ogden

To Tell or Not to Tell? Unpacking Precept 13

January/February 2018
by Rick Block

Precept 1 and ‘Bad Conduct’

November/December 2017
by Jan Carstens

Control of Work Product—Be Upfront With Clients

September/October 2017
by Godfrey Perrott

Lessons Learned

July/August 2017
by John P. Tierney

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Learn about the complaint process.

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

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