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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 July, 2007 - 31 December, 2019
    Categories: Recordkeeping
    Source: GIPS Executive Committee

    What events would qualify as a catastrophic event, and would exempt a firm from recordkeeping requirements?

    A catastrophic event is an extreme circumstance beyond the control of the firm, and would include natural disasters such as floods and earthquakes. Other catastrophic events that are not natural disasters would include fire or terrorist attack. Events within the control of the firm, such as a change in IT systems, do not qualify as catastrophic events.