The Pensions Regulator (TPR) has said it "strongly encourages" providers to apply for the master trust assurance framework in the run-up to the introduction of its authorisation powers.
It comes as eight master trusts received the accolade and got onto the watchdog's list of schemes with assurance in the last six months.
Authorisation is one of the features of the Pensions Schemes Bill, which is going through parliament and is expected to be brought into force in 2018-19.
TPR executive director for front line regulation Nicola Parish said the assurance framework provides an important way for schemes to demonstrate they are well-run and sustainable.
Parish added: "I strongly encourage all schemes which are going to apply for authorisation in 2018 to obtain master trust assurance. The authorisation process will have a focus on systems and processes and those schemes with assurance in place are likely to find that aspect of authorisation more straightforward."
The framework is voluntary and is designed to support auditors in providing independent assurance reports for the trustees of master trusts.
It was developed by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW) in collaboration with TPR.
The five other schemes on TPR's list are Aon MasterTrust, Legal & General WorkSave Master Trust Pension Scheme, Workers Pension Trust, Ascot Lloyd Benefit Trust and The Creative Pension Trust.To see PP's full list of master trusts click here.
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