QAIP to Help IA Functions Achieve and Maintain Quality

Steven Bobson, Europe & Americas Editor
March 21, 2012 /

Quality in internal audit is guided by both an obligation to meet customer expectations, as well as professional responsibilities inherent in conforming to the Standards. To help practitioners interpret the Standards related to quality, The IIA has produced this Practice Guide, Quality Assurance and Improvement Program (QAIP).

The document discusses the purpose behind developing a QAIP and provides guidance on the key elements that comprise it. It covers those elements required for conformance with the Standards, as well as elements that constitute better practice. QAIPs need to be tailored to the specific needs of each internal audit activity and, therefore, may come in a myriad of forms. However, this document provides a generic framework for developing a QAIP that can be applied regardless of the size or nature of the internal audit activity.

As part of the IPPF, this practice guide utilizes the fundamental principles established by the Standards to provide a process for valuing the work of others and assessing the reliability of assurance providers. Ultimately, responsible coordination attracts greater reliance on internal audit, decreasing the cost of compliance and increasing the efficiency for providing assurance.

IIA Practice Guides provide guidance for conducting internal audit activities. They represent strongly recommended guidance that includes detailed processes and procedures such as tools and techniques, programs, and step-by-step approaches for effective implementation of The IIA’s mandatory guidance.


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