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- Current position
- Conditions for joining
- The regulator's criteria for the judgement-based conditions
The regulator has devised new criteria which we will be applying when assessing whether the conditions for joining and remaining on the trustee register have been met.
Conditions for joining
There are a number of legislative conditions which an applicant must fulfil before admission on to the Independent Trustee Register. The applicant must also continue to meet these conditions to remain on the register. The conditions fall into two categories:
- fact-based (ie the conditions are met or not); and
- judgement-based (ie in the light of the regulator’s assessment, whether the applicant meets - and continues to meet - the criteria).
The fact-based conditions
- The applicant must not be the subject of a prohibition order or suspension order, or disqualified from being a trustee of a trust scheme on any of the prescribed grounds.
- Where the applicant is not an individual, every officer and every key person must satisfy certain conditions.
- The applicant must have premises in the United Kingdom from which it conducts its trustee business and must disclose the address of those premises to the regulator (the regulator will expect those applicants with presences in other jurisdictions to provide an explanation of how they will safeguard the assets of UK schemes).
- The applicant must agree:
- to have costs and fees scrutinised by an independent adjudicator and be bound by that adjudicator as to fees and costs;
- to the regulator disclosing his name, business address and the specialist areas of trustee work on a version of the trustee register, which is publicly available;
- to comply with the regulator’s reasonable requests to provide information; and
- to inform the regulator as soon as is reasonably practicable if they become disqualified.
The judgement-based conditions
- The regulator must be satisfied that the applicant has, and continues to have, 'sufficient relevant experience' of occupational pension schemes;
- The regulator must be satisfied that the applicant is, and continues to be, a 'fit and proper’ person to act as a trustee of an occupational pension scheme;
- The regulator must be satisfied that the applicant operates, and continues to operate, 'sound administrative and accounting procedures’; and
- The regulator must be satisfied that the applicant has, and continues to have, 'adequate indemnity insurance’ cover.
All applicants must meet each of the fact-based and judgement-based conditions. In addition, where the applicant is a company, partnership or limited liability partnership, some of its main individuals also must meet some of the fact-based and judgement-based conditions.
The regulator's criteria for the judgement-based conditions
|Condition||The regulator's criteria|
|Sufficient relevant experience||
Both individuals and Key Persons should have had at least five years of regular or continuous experience as a trustee of occupational pension schemes up to the point of the application.
Non-individual applicants should have had at least three years of regular or continuous experience as a trustee of occupational pension schemes up to the point of the application.
Compliance will be checked on an annual basis.
|Fit and proper||
The regulator will seek to be satisfied that the applicant has the qualities of fitness and propriety to be a trustee.
All individual applicants, all Key Persons and Officers will need to demonstrate they have a minimum level of understanding of the nature of trusteeship (eg by completing the regulator’s Trustee toolkit) as part of the regulator’s assessment of whether these individuals have met this test.
Compliance will be checked on an annual basis (or whenever any changes are notified to the regulator by the applicant).
|Sound administrative and accounting procedures||
The regulator has adopted an audit and assurance framework (developed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales). The regulator requires an unqualified independent assurance report from a reporting accountant submitted by the applicant, upon application and on an annual basis.
The regulator uses this assurance report to help determine whether the legal requirement to have ‘sound administrative and accounting procedures’ has been met.
For more information go to assurance reporting framework.
|Adequate indemnity insurance cover||
The applicant will need to provide their insurance policy/certification of insurance confirming:
The applicant must have sufficient resources in its business to cover its policy excess.
Compliance will be checked on an annual basis (or whenever there are any changes (which must be notified to the regulator by the applicant).
It's important that you read these notes carefully before completing the application forms.
The purpose of the application process is to enable us to obtain information and assurances from the applicant in order that we can assess whether the applicant satisfies the judgement-based and fact-based conditions. This assessment will take place for the purpose of registering the applicant on to the register and, if registration is successful, further assessments will take place on an annual basis in order for us to assess if the applicant continues to satisfy the conditions.
Although requests for information in the forms are split into sections relating to each of the conditions, the information provided may be relevant to the regulator's assessment of the other conditions and may be used accordingly.
We may wish to seek further information from the applicant following our review of the application forms. We may also wish to arrange a meeting with the applicant, either at its premises or at the regulator's offices.
Corporate (ie Partnership/LLP/Company) applicants need to complete form COR1 (Corporate application form) and form COR2 (Key Person and Officer form) and form COR3 (Corporate experience form). In addition, each Key Person and each Officer from a corporate applicant needs to complete form COR4 (Key Person and Officer Fit and Proper form).
- Corporate application form COR1 (DOC, 218kb, 15 pages)
- Key Person and Officer application form COR2 (DOC, 112kb, 2 pages)
- Corporate experience form COR3 (DOC, 133kb, 2 pages)
- Key Person and Officer fit and proper form COR4 (DOC, 144kb, 5 pages)
- Guidance notes for Key Persons and Officers (PDF, 51kb, 4 pages)
Individual trustee applicants need to complete form IND1 (Individual application form) and form IND2 (Individual experience form).
Return your application form to:
Trustee Register Applications
The Pensions Regulator