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Internal Oversight Division

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 PDF, Internal Oversight Charter 2015 approved by the WIPO General Assembly. Its reports are published on this website in accordance with the Charter and the Report Publication Policy PDF, Report Publication Policy.

The 2022-2023 Internal Oversight Strategy PDF, 2022-2023 Internal Oversight Strategyy defines the priorities of the Internal Oversight Division, based on the Organization’s Strategy House as outlined in the WIPO Medium Term Strategic Plan PDF, WIPO Medium Term Strategic Plan.

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The IOD carries out objective, systematic and independent reviews of program implementation and operations including:


Assessing the adequacy of management controls to ensure cost-efficient and accountable operations.


Analyzing and assessing program results to improve current implementation and performance as well as future planning.


Examining possible wrongdoing and identifying vulnerable areas where fraudulent activity might occur.

Important – 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 of IOD may, at his/her discretion, withhold a report in its entirety or redact parts of it.

Who audits IOD?

An independent external quality team assessed the internal audit function and gave it the highest possible rating of generally conforms with the standards. PDF, Internal Quality Audit Assessment

An independent external team assessed the evaluation function. The review concludes that overall, the evaluation function is generally consistent with UNEG norms and standards. PDF, External Quality Assessment of the Evaluation Function

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). PDF, External Quality Assessment of the Evaluation Function


Oversight activities at a glance

  • January 1 – December 31, 2021 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - December 31, 2021
  • January 1 – December 31, 2020 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - December 31, 2020
  • January 1 – December 31, 2019 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - December 31, 2019
  • January 1 – December 31, 2018 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - December 31, 2018
  • January 1 – December 31, 2017 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - December 31, 2017
  • January 1 - June 30, 2016 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance, January 1 - June 30, 2016
  • January 1 - December 31, 2015 PDF, Oversight activities at a glance,  January 1 - December 31, 2015

Quarterly Recommendations Dashboards

  • May 17 – August 31, 2023 PDF, Quarterly Recommendations Dashboards May to August 2023