The Life Practice Council (LPC) provides objective technical expertise to policymakers and regulators on life insurance issues, including a principle-based regulatory approach to reserving and risk-based capital.

Life and annuity capital adequacy and recommendations to improve life Risk-based Capital (RBC) requirements.
Financial Reporting
Life insurance and annuity topics that involve financial reporting, with an emphasis on GAAP and international issues.
Life and annuity product features and their design.
The minimum statutory reserve standard for all life and annuity products.
Principle-Based Reserving (PBR)
The Academy has assembled materials to assist actuaries and regulators as the U.S. moves into the implementation phase of PBR for life insurance. Click here to access these materials and here to access public statements made by the Academy related to PBR.
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Life News

The PBR Review Procedures Work Group released an exposure draft of a practice note: Common Practices of Examining Actuaries Involved in Statutory Financial Solvency Examinations of Life and Health Insurers, Including Considerations for Principle-Based Reserves. Comments are due to the Academy on Monday, July 1, 2019.  (April 2, 2019)
The Life Illustrations Work Group submitted a comment letter to the NAIC's IUL Illustration (A) Subgroup, addressing questions raised regarding the illustrations of Indexed Universal Life (IUL) products under Actuarial Guideline 49.  (March 8, 2019)
The Lifetime Income Risk Joint Committee, Retirement System Assessment and Policy Committee and Social Security Committee submitted a comment letter to the Bipartisan Policy Center on its 2016 Report of the Commission on Retirement Security and Personal Savings. (February 22, 2019)
The RBC Tax Reform Work Group submitted a comment letter to the NAIC Life Risk-Based Capital Working Group on their exposed guidance document on the Interpretation of 2018 Life Risk-Based Capital Results. (February 19, 2019)
The Life Reserves Work Group submitted a comment letter to the Life Actuarial (A) Task Force regarding exposed APF 2019-04, which seeks to provide clarification for expense allowance formulas for universal life with secondary guarantee (ULSG). (February 19, 2019)

Life Public Statements

Comments and letters

Comments, analysis, or explanatory material prepared for an external audience on behalf of an Academy group or the Academy as a whole; these include letters, memos, reports, and fact sheets.

Issue briefs

Analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public.

Policy papers

Include white papers and monographs which are longer, more detailed analyses of major actuarial or public policy issues written primarily for policy-makers, regulators, the news media, and the public. Includes monographs and white papers.


Slides presented by the Academy at webinars, seminars, briefings, hearings, or other meetings and events.

Reports to the NAIC

The Academy works with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) on the creation and refinement of sensible, effective regulation. These reports and related documents highlight the NAIC-related work of the life practice councils.


Written and oral testimony provided to Congress or to other governmental and quasigovernmental bodies.

Practice Notes

Practice notes

Practice notes offer examples of current and emerging approaches to selected actuarial tasks. They are intended to supplement the available actuarial literature, especially where the practices addressed are subject to evolving technology, recently adopted external requirements, or advances in actuarial science and other applicable disciplines.