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  • Current

    Effective: 1 May, 2013
    Categories: Verification
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    Can our firm’s internal audit department perform a verification of our firm?

    No. While firms are encouraged to conduct a “self-check” of their compliance with the GIPS standards, which could be conducted by their internal audit department, this would not constitute an “independent” verification. An investment management firm’s internal audit department is not independent from the investment management firm and so would be precluded from performing the verification. Please see the Guidance Statement on Verifier Independence for additional guidance.

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