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Investigations examine possible wrongdoing and identify vulnerable areas where fraudulent activity might occur.

Investigations are carried out in accordance with the Uniform Guidelines for Investigations PDF, Uniform Guidelines for Investigations and the Investigation Policy PDF, Uniform Guidelines for Investigations.  The second version of the Investigation Procedures Manual PDF, Uniform Guidelines for Investigations outlines techniques, methods and procedures followed.

Investigation reports Archive

Title Date Status of recommendations
Management Implication Report on working hours PDF, Management Implication Report November 7, 2014 100% implemented

Reporting wrongdoing

In accordance with the WIPO Internal Oversight Charter, the Director, Internal Audit and Oversight Division (IAOD) may receive complaints or information concerning the possible existence of fraud, waste, abuse of authority, non-compliance with rules and regulations of WIPO in administrative, personnel and other matters or other irregular activities relevant to the mandate of the Director, IAOD.

Once an allegation is received, it is registered and evaluated to determine whether an investigation is warranted. If an investigation is needed, it will be conducted in compliance with WIPO Internal Oversight Charter PDF, Uniform Guidelines for Investigations and with the above-mentioned Guidelines and Manual.

Allegations may be brought to the attention of the Director, IAOD:


The annual summary reports of the IAOD include information on investigation activities.

Latest Report

IAOD also carried out a fraud risk assessment. The results of the preliminary assessment will be used to prepare IAOD’s future work plans.

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