Q & A Database

The GIPS Standards Q&A database contains questions and answers (Q&As) on various searchable topics that provide additional interpretation on an issue. Q&As are considered to be authoritative guidance and must be followed in order to claim compliance with the GIPS standards.

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  • Archived

    Effective: 1 January, 2006 - 30 April, 2010
    Categories: Verification
    Source: Guidance Statement for Verification (Revised)

    What requirements must a verifier meet in order to be able to perform a GIPS verification?

    Any third-party that is knowledgeable about the Standards, investment performance measurement, portfolio accounting, and investment management and is independent from the investment management firm may perform a verification; independent and knowledgeable are the key words. The Guidance Statement on Verifier Independence discusses in more detail the notion of independence. While firms are encouraged to conduct a “self-check” of their compliance, perhaps by their internal audit department, this would not constitute a verification: an investment management firm’s internal audit department is not independent from the investment management firm.

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