Participants discussed a risk assessment on our impartiality prepared by the management team, led by the Vice President of the Supervisory Board of the RvA. An external auditor (not being the auditing auditor of the RvA) also reviewed the risk methodology used. This proved to be a familiar and acceptable method for the participants as well. During a constructive exchange about the content of the risk analysis, the participants also shared their own views on in this area. They dwelt, among other things, on the importance of regularly putting ‘integrity’ on the agenda for both internal and external employees. The current shortage on the labor market and the sensitivities that can play a role in the deployment of assessors with clients in competitive markets, were also discussed.
There was much appreciation for the transparent way in which the RvA opens itself up to the views of stakeholders. With the help of the valuable advice of participants in this consultation, the RvA will further sharpen the risk analysis and the underlying draft Terms of Reference where necessary.