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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 May, 2013 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Verification
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    When performing a verification, must a verifier test that a firm is meeting the requirement to make every reasonable effort to provide all prospective clients with a compliant presentation?

    Yes. Verifiers must perform testing of this requirement. Verifiers must determine that a firm has established appropriate policies and procedures to make every reasonable effort to provide a compliant presentation to all prospective clients. The specific testing procedures performed by the verifier would depend on the firm’s policies. 

    Verifiers are reminded that if they become aware that a firm is not making every reasonable effort to provide compliant presentations to prospective clients, then the firm is not in compliance with the GIPS standards. The verifier must not issue a verification report in such circumstances.