The Pensions Regulator will issue 8,000 occupational pension schemes a 'scheme return form' towards the end of the month, in accordance with the Pensions Act 2004.
Schemes must submit information to the regulator, in order for it to determine which firms pose a potential risk to members' benefits.
The bulk of the first batch will consist of defined benefit schemes with five or more members, along with a smaller amount of defined contribution schemes with five or more members.
Information required by the 'scheme return’ include: scheme type and status, membership, details about trustees and their advisers, financial information about the scheme, and details about participating employers.
Pension scheme trustees will be held responsible for completing the forms and returning it to the pension body, with an eight-week timeframe in which to do this.
The body will also prepare a leaflet detailing additional information about the scheme return, along with contact details and a glossary.
A second batch of scheme returns is planned for release later in the year, targeted at defined benefit schemes with two to four members, also including a few defined contribution schemes.
The Regulator says it ran a pilot scheme at the start of the year amongst a pick of trustees, with the results indicating several areas requiring further attention, which have thus been incorporated into the latest programme.
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