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The IOPS promotes, conducts and facilitates research on pension supervisory matters and co-operates closely with other standard-setters.


Principles and Guidelines 

The IOPS Principles of Private Pension Supervision focus on protecting the interests of pension fund members and beneficiaries, by promoting the stability, security and good governance of pension funds. A methodology for authorities to undertake self-assessment against the Principles has also been developed. [more]


 IOPS Principles of Private Pension Supervision (ENG / FR )

 Methodology for IOPS Principles of Private Pension Supervision (ENG / FR)

 IOPS Good Practices and Guidelines (ENG)


Working Papers on effective pension supervision

As the proportion of retirement income provided by private pensions becomes increasingly important, the quality and effectiveness of their supervision becomes more and more crucial.

Launched in August 2007, the IOPS Working Paper Series highlights a range of challenges to be met in the development of national pension supervisory systems. The papers review the nature and effectiveness of new and established pensions supervisory systems, providing examples, experiences and lessons learnt for the benefit of the pensions community. [more]


Cambridge Journal of Pension Economics and Finance

Since its founding in 2001, the Journal of Pension Economics and Finance has served as the only peer-reviewed journal focusing on pension economics and finance issues.

Through its association with the OECD and the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS), this journal has become an influential outlet for research on pension issues and is widely circulated to the top academic departments as well as leading regulators, policymakers and international organisations.

Members can access JPEF issues online through this link.


Research by jurisdiction/territory

The IOPS provides information by jurisdiction on pension supervision for IOPS Members and non-members. 

Recent Articles and Documentation of Interest

Useful Links

Pension Supervisor websites

Relevant websites related to pension supervision

ISSA/OECD/IOPS Complementary and Private Pensions Database

Pension Markets in Focus

Global Pension Statistics

OECD Pension Outlook 2018




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