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International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF)

The IPPF: The Framework for Internal Audit Effectiveness

The International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF) is the conceptual framework that organizes authoritative guidance promulgated by The IIA. 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. 

An updated 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.

Mission of Internal Audit

The Mission of Internal Audit articulates what internal audit aspires to accomplish within an organization. Its place in the new IPPF is deliberate, demonstrating how practitioners should leverage the entire framework to facilitate their ability to achieve the Mission:

To enhance and protect organizational value by providing risk-based and objective assurance, advice, and insight.

Mandatory Guidance

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 2017 IPPF are:

Recommended Guidance

Recommended guidance is endorsed by The IIA through a formal approval process. It describes practices for effective implementation of The IIA's Core Principles, Definition of Internal Auditing, Code of Ethics, and Standards.

The recommended elements of the IPPF are: