The Internal Oversight Division (IOD) is an independent internal oversight body. It supports the Director General in his management responsibilities and assists program managers in attaining WIPO’s objectives. The work of the IOD is governed by the Internal Oversight Charter approved by the WIPO General Assembly. Its reports are published on this website in accordance with the Charter and the Report Publication Policy .
The IOD carries out objective, systematic and independent reviews of program implementation and operations including:
- Audits - assessing the adequacy of management controls to ensure cost-efficient and accountable operations.
- Evaluations - analyzing and assessing program results to improve current implementation and performance as well as future planning.
- Investigations - examining possible wrongdoing and identifying vulnerable areas where fraudulent activity might occur.
- Oversight Reports - Internal audit and evaluation reports, as well as Management Implication Reports resulting from investigations, are published on the WIPO website within 30 days of their issuance. If required to protect security, safety or privacy, the Director, IOD may, at his/her discretion, withold a report in its entirety or redact parts of it.
Who audits IOD?
An Independent external team assessed the investigation function and concluded that overall, the investigation function is generally conform to the standards set forth in the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations endorsed by the Conference of International Investigators (CII).