What we do

  • The European Confederation of Institutes
    of Internal Auditing (ECIIA)

    The ECIIA is the voice of internal audit in Europe. Our role is to enhance corporate governance through the promotion of the professional practice of internal auditing.

    Our members comprise national institutes of internal auditing from countries that fall within the wider European region. It is part of our mission to help them develop, share and promote best practice in the private and public sectors.

    We are also heavily involved in advising and consulting with other European institutions on internal auditing and represent our members to governments, legislators, policy-makers, professional 

    Bez-nazwy-1bodies and to the media. Follow the links for our latest news and views.

    Our members belong to Global IIA, a body that represents over 180,000 internal auditors worldwide. We work closely with Global IIA to promote the professional practice of internal auditing in Europe.

    We are run by our members through our formal governance structure.

    Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance activity designed to add value and improve an organisation’s


  • What is internal auditing?

    Global IIA has set out the formal definition of internal auditing in its International Professional Practices Framework. In summary, it says:

    Internal auditing is an independent, objective assurance and consulting activity designed to add value and improve an organisation’s operations. It helps an organisation accomplish its objectives by bringing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of risk management, control, and governance processes.




  • Our Members

    Our members comprise national instituties of internal auditing across Europe and the Mediterranean basin.

  • The ECIIA’s mission

    Within the wider geographic area of Europe and the Mediterranean basin, our mission is to:

    To be the consolidated voice for the profession of internal auditing in Europe by dealing with the European Union, its Parliament and Commission and any other appropriate institution of influence and to present and develop the internal audit profession and good corporate governance in Europe.

    In addition, we aim to represent the European profession globally and work with Global IIA.

  • Global IIA

    Global IIA is a dynamic, global organisation that represents internal auditors worldwide. It has more than 180,000 members.

    ECIIA works with Global IIA to promote the professional practice of internal auditing in Europe. In particular, we endorse Global IIA’s Standards, its Code of Ethics and its Certification programmes.

    The Standards, or the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing, are a principles-based framework for performing and promoting internal auditing. All professional internal auditors must follow the Standards. You can download the Standards here.

    The Code of Ethics sets out the principles and expectations governing


    the behavior of internal auditors.You can download the Code of Ethics here.

    Global IIA’s Certified Internal Auditor® (CIA®) qualification is the only globally-accepted designation for internal auditors. Its four-part exam remains the standard by which internal auditors demonstrate their comprehensive 

    competence and professionalism. In addition, Global IIA offers four specialised certifications.

    You can find out more about the Standards, Code of Ethics and Certifications on the Global IIA website.

  • Governance structure

    The organization of ECIIA is made of different bodies:


    General Assembly
    Audit Committee

    The members of the organization
    are the National IIA Institutes,
    represented by their President.

    Governing Board

    Board of 8 members with a
    President, a Vice President and
    a Treasurer 7 meetings yearly.

    The Board defines the strategic
    plan and the objectives.


    The Secretary General is appointed
    by the Board and validated by the
    General Assembly and implements
    the Board’s decisions.

    The Public Affairs Committee is
    chaired by the Vice President.
    The members are volunteers.


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