About IOPS

Formed in July 2004, the IOPS was instigated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Network of Pension Regulators and Supervisors (INPRS).

The major goal of the IOPS is to improve the quality and effectiveness of the supervision of private pension systems throughout the world, thereby enhancing their development and operational efficiency, and allowing for the provision of a secure source of retirement income in as many countries as possible.

The organisation cooperates closely with other international organisations involved in pension supervision policy development and dialogue, including the OECD, the World Bank, ISSA, IAIS and IMF.

Our Main Objectives

IOPS aims to set international standards on pension supervisory issues, whilst taking into account the variety of different pension systems in various countries. Our main objectives can be summarized as:

  • to serve as a standard-setting body on pension supervisory matters and regulatory issues,  related to pension supervision
  • to promote international co-operation on pension supervision and encourage international contact among pension supervisors and other relevant parties
  • to provide a worldwide forum for policy dialogue on pension supervision and exchange of information between members of IOPS
  • to participate in the work of relevant international bodies related to development and promotion of the implementation of international principles, standards, and good practices in pension regulation
  • to assist countries with less developed private pension arrangements through policy dialogue, appropriate technical support and relevant research, in close co-operation with relevant international bodies and other technical assistance programmes.

Standard Setting and Research

Drawing on the IOPS Principles of Private Pension Supervision, a series of Guidelines and Good practices on various issues are being developed to help supervisory regimes throughout the world to be in line with international standards.  See IOPS Principles, Guidelines and Good Practices

Research projects are proposed and developed by country members and project teams – ensuring the great involvement, relevance and commitment to all projects undertaken.

Our main on-going research projects include yearly data collection, updates on pension systems information and the guidelines for risk-based supervision. The Working Paper Series offer a review of all the projects conducted with our member countries, on various critical subjects (such as, for example, digitalisation of financial services, consumer protection, supervision of large-pension funds).

Organisation Structure

The IOPS operates by an Executive Committee and a Technical Committee assisted by a Secretariat. Participation in the Technical Committee meetings is open to all IOPS Members.

IOPS currently has 90 Members and Observers  representing supervisory bodies from 79 jurisdictions and territories worldwide, covering all levels of economic development and bringing together all types of pension or supervisory systems.

More about our organisational structure

Our Meetings

IOPS holds a variety of events yearly, including Committee meetings, regional seminars and training workshops. Executive Committee meetings and Technical Committee meetings are usually held three times a year. The IOPS Annual General Meeting is held once a year. The full governing membership of the IOPS is invited to attend the AGM in order to formally approve standards, working papers and administrative issues.

IOPS Meetings and Events

Programme of Work

The Programme of Work for 2021-2022 was approved by the Governing Membership at the virtual Annual General Meeting held on Zoom on 17 November 2020. In addition to on-going projects currently undertaken by the Technical Committee, new projects are being developed in 2021-22 under the priority themes of data collection by pension supervisors, data disclosure by pension funds and schemes, transparency and benchmarking and pension funds in post-Covid recovery.

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