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Global Standards


The IPPF: The Framework for Internal Audit Effectiveness

The International Professional Practices Framework® (IPPF®) is the structured body of authoritative knowledge established by The Institute of Internal Auditors for the professional conduct of internal auditing. Within the IPPF are:

- Global Internal Audit Standards™.

- Topical Requirements.

- Global Guidance.

In January 2024, The IIA conducted a recent review of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) where they transitioned to the new Global Internal Audit (IA) Standards. These standards persist as the structural framework that systematically organises authoritative guidance issued by The IIA.

The development of the Standards represents the culmination of extensive research, outreach, feedback, and due diligence spanning several years. These efforts were crucial in crafting Standards that embody the vision, scope, and significance of the profession, as well as the requirements of the organisations we support. The IIASB acknowledge the IPPF Oversight Council, IIA staff, and the numerous internal audit professionals and stakeholders whose contributions of time and feedback were invaluable throughout this process. 

As a reputable and global guidance-setting entity, The IIA stands as a dependable source for internal audit professionals worldwide, offering both mandatory and recommended guidance within the IPPF organised structure.

New Global Internal Audit Standards Resources, Events and Training 2024



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All Things Internal Audit: Previewing the New Global Internal Audit Standards

On Demand


24 January 2024
Get to Know the New Global Internal Audit Standards webinar
1.5 CPE

13 February 2024


What the New Standards Mean to Quality Assessments

1.5 CPE



ON DEMAND The IIA Five Questions: Global Internal Audit Standards

On Demand Live

Spotlight On: The New Global Internal Audit Standards

On Demand Live

New Standards to Quality Assessments

On Demand Live
ON DEMAND The IIA Learn about the new Global Internal Audit Standards 

On Demand Live

The Standards Unveiled: this podcast series dives deep into the new Global Internal Audit Standards™

On Demand Live
Various Dates
Navigating the Global Internal Audit Standards - Hybrid
16 CPE
Various Dates The IIA

Ethically Mastering the Global Internal Audit Standards - Online

9 May 2024 IIA SG IIA Singapore Webinar: Get to Know the Global Internal Audit Standards 1 CPE
LEARN MORE Completed
18 June 2024 The IIA

Preparing to Conform with the New Requirements of the Global Internal Audit Standards: new tool. 

LEARN MORE Live (IIA Members only)
9 July 2024 The IIA

Public Comment: Topical Requirement Survey on Cybersecurity (closes on 9 July 2024)

14 July 2024


2024 International Conference Pre-Conference Workshop. 

Global Internal Audit Standards: improving individual, team, and organizational performance.

4.2 CPE



The Standards Knowledge Center has been developed to help internal auditors understand and implement the Global Internal Audit Standards. Choose among tools, webinars, courses, videos, podcasts, and more. Resources related to Topical Requirements and Global Guidance may also be found here.

Global Guidance, referred to as Supplemental Guidance within the Global Internal Audit StandardsTM, comprises Global Practice Guides and Global Technology Audit Guides® (GTAGs®).

These guides, available for free to IIA members, provide detailed support and direction for conducting internal audit activities such as processes and procedures, techniques, step-by-step approaches, and examples of deliverables. In addition, sector-specific guides are available for public sector audit functions and financial services internal audit functions.

View the new guidance releases here!

New Global Internal Audit Standards: 9 January 2024

The new Global Internal Audit Standards were unveiled on 9 January 2024, and are set to be enforced from January 9, 2025. To learn more about the launch, refer to the PRESS RELEASE.

During a one-year transition phase, the previous iteration, the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, released in 2017, remains sanctioned for use.

These Standards steer the global professional practice of internal auditing, adhering to principles and serving as a benchmark for assessing and enhancing the quality of internal audit functions. Central to the Standards are 15 guiding principles, facilitating effective internal auditing. Each principle is reinforced by standards encompassing requirements, implementation considerations, and illustrative evidence of compliance. Collectively, these components aid internal auditors in upholding the principles and realizing the Purpose of Internal Auditing.

To access a copy of the new Global Internal Audit Standards here.

The introduction of the new Standards marks the culmination of a multiyear endeavor during which the International Internal Audit Standards Board conducted research and solicited input from stakeholders and practitioners worldwide. You can explore further insights by reading the "Report on the Standard-setting and Public Comment Processes for the Global Internal Audit Standards."

View the "Condensed" rendition of the Standards here for practitioners seeking solely mandatory guidance, omitting the recommended guidance on considerations for implementation and examples of evidence of conformance sections.

Topical Requirements, a recent addition to the IPPF, will soon be accessible and will complement the Global Internal Audit Standards.

Resources available

- Mapping of the 2017 Standards to the 2024 Standards

- Additional resources available in the Standards Knowledge Center

What are the Global Standards for Professional Internal Audit Practice

The Standards emphasize principles and establish a structure for conducting and advancing internal auditing.

These Standards comprise obligatory stipulations, encompassing:

  • Statements of basic requirements for the professional practice of internal auditing and for evaluating the effectiveness of its performance. The requirements are internationally applicable at organizational and individual levels.
  • Interpretations, which clarify terms or concepts within the statements.
  • Glossary terms.

It is necessary to consider both the statements and their interpretations to understand and apply the Standards correctly. The Standards employ terms that have been given specific meanings as noted in the Glossary, which is also part of the Standards.

View the 2017 Standards Online

The latest edition of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) guide, more commonly known as the Red Book, is available. Visit the IIA Bookstore for more information or view the IIA International Standards for Professional Internal Audit Practice.

Exploring the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF): Understanding the Building Blocks

The International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)® is the conceptual framework that organizes authoritative guidance promulgated by The Institute of Internal Auditors. A trustworthy, global, guidance-setting body, The IIA provides internal audit professionals worldwide with authoritative guidance organized in the IPPF as mandatory guidance and ​recommended guidance.

Conformance with the principles set forth in mandatory guidance is required and essential for the professional practice of internal auditing. Mandatory guidance is developed following an established due diligence process, which includes a period of public exposure for stakeholder input. 

The mandatory elements of the IPPF are:

  1. Core Principles for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing
  2. Definition of Internal Auditing
  3. Code of Ethics
  4. International Standards for Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards)

To further bolster excellence, IIA Global issues publications of best practices and advisory guidance documents, comprising:

  1. Position Papers
  2. Practice Advisories
  3. Practice Guides

With over 230,000 internal auditors operating within this framework, these standards have a universal reach. For in-depth insights into the framework, standards, and guidance, navigate to the IIA Global website.

Embracing Ethical Excellence: IIA Code of Ethics

At the heart of the International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF), the IIA Code of Ethics is a pivotal source of authoritative guidance for the internal audit profession.

This Code delineates the principles and expectations governing the behaviour of both individuals and organizations engaged in the realm of internal auditing. Rather than prescribing specific actions, it establishes the foundational benchmarks for conduct and behavioural norms. These Core Principles collectively define the tangible effectiveness of internal audit endeavours. When all Principles seamlessly coexist and operate harmoniously, the internal audit function attains its maximum efficiency.

While the approach to these Core Principles may slightly differ among internal auditors and organizations, the undeniable truth remains that any failure to achieve these Principles signifies an internal audit activity operating below its full potential.

The Code's Core Principles:

The Core Principles serve as the cornerstone of tangible internal audit effectiveness. When all Principles harmoniously function together, the internal audit function attains peak efficiency. While the approach to these Core Principles may differ among internal auditors across organizations, the absence of any Principle signifies an internal audit activity that falls short of its optimal performance.

  1. Integrity
  2. Objectivity
  3. Confidentiality
  4. Competency

The Core Principles encompass:

  1. Demonstrates integrity.
  2. Demonstrates competence and due professional care.
  3. Is objective and free from undue influence (independent).
  4. Aligns with the strategies, objectives, and risks of the organization.
  5. Is appropriately positioned and adequately resourced.
  6. Demonstrates quality and continuous improvement.
  7. Communicates effectively.
  8. Provides risk-based assurance.
  9. Is insightful, proactive, and future-focused.
  10. Promotes organizational improvement.

These Principles collectively form the bedrock of ethical and impactful internal audit practice.

Integrity lays the foundation for trust, objectivity underscores unbiased evaluation, confidentiality respects information ownership, and competency drives skilled performance.

For any enquiries regarding these standards, please direct your questions to guidance@theiia.org.

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