The International Organisation of Pension Supervisors (IOPS) is an independent international body representing those involved in the supervision of pension funds, representing pension supervisors from over 60 countries worldwide - from Australia to Zambia - covering all levels of economic development and bringing together all types of pension and supervisory systems.

The IOPS, formed in July 2004, was instigated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Network of Pension Regulators and Supervisors (INPRS). It was felt that, concerning supervision, a more formal, independent, body could better serve as a world-wide forum for policy dialogue and the exchange of information, as well as a standard-setting body, promoting good practices in pension supervision. The organisation cooperates closely with other international organisations involved in pension supervision policy development and dialogue, including the OECD, World Bank, ISSA, IAIS and IMF.

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.


Serving as the standard-setting body on pension supervisory matters and regulatory issues related to pension supervision, taking into account the variety of different private pension systems.

Promoting international co-operation on pension supervision and facilitating contact between pension supervisors and other relevant parties, including policy makers, researchers and the private sector.

Providing a worldwide forum for policy dialogue and exchange of information on pension supervision.

in the work of relevant international bodies in the area of pensions, including joint activities to improve statistical collection and analysis.

Promoting, conducting and facilitating
the distribution and communication of research, and collecting information in co-operation with relevant international bodies.



As an IOPS Member:

- you have privileged access to all relevant information and topical discussion, together with quality research (some of which is confidential in nature) generated by IOPS;

-  you contribute to and influence the leading global standards which the IOPS sets;

- you have an exclusive invitation to IOPS informative events that   provide excellent access to leading global peers in the field of private pension supervision;

- you can request work on specific areas of interest where you may require assistance as the IOPS programme of work is set by the members;

- you will receive three editions per year of the Cambridge Journal of Pension Economics and Finance, which is the only academic journal focusing on the economics and finance of pensions and retirement income.

Find out how to join the IOPS in section "Membership".