CIPFA Code of Practice for counter fraud

The CIPFA Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption sets out the principles that define the governance and operational arrangements necessary for an effective counter fraud response.

Published in October 2014, the CIPFA Code of Practice on Managing the Risk of Fraud and Corruption is applicable to all public services organisations.

The code is comprised of five key principles, which are to:

  • acknowledge the responsibility of the governing body for countering fraud and corruption
  • identify the fraud and corruption risks
  • develop an appropriate counter fraud and corruption strategy
  • provide resources to implement the strategy
  • take action in response to fraud and corruption.
The code builds on previous guidance, Managing the Risk of Fraud: Actions to Counter Fraud and Corruption 2008, known as the Red Book, and is supported by two products:

Guidance notes

The code is underpinned by a set of guidance notes that explain the importance of the principles and how they can be applied in practice. The notes feature tips on relating the code to the different governance frameworks in operation in the public services. The notes will be particularly useful to organisations that are looking to improve the effectiveness of their counter fraud arrangements.

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you can download the guidance notes free of charge by logging into the website and clicking on the button above.

Alternatively, you can buy them here

Assessment tool and benchmarking report

We have developed an accessible and easy to use tool that measures your counter fraud arrangements against the code of practice. It works by helping you to identify where your organisation’s strengths lie and where remedial action may be needed. It also allows you to benchmark your organisation against others, giving you an invaluable insight into the experience of your peers.

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you will be sent your bespoke assessment tool on joining the Centre.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Assessment Tool here


  • The code offers a clear framework for developing and maintaining an effective counter fraud response. 
  • The code is a useful tool for leaders to assess their resilience and capacity to tackle fraud.
  • It is designed to be adopted at board level to guide future counter fraud strategy.
  • The code includes the activities and steps you can take to ensure the principles are actively upheld.

Download the guidance notes (subscribers only).

Our Experts

Rachael Tiffen

Head of Counter Fraud Centre

Rachael heads up the CIPFA Counter Fraud Centre, the UK’s first centre of excellence that provides tools, support, training and thought leadership for counter fraud professionals across the public services. Read more...

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