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Counter Fraud Principles

Published on 29 November 2023

CFS aligns to the five internationally recognised counter fraud principles.

There is always going to be fraud

It is a fact that some individuals will look to make gains where there is opportunity, and organisations need robust processes in place to prevent, detect and respond to fraud and corruption.

Finding fraud is a good thing

If you do not find fraud you cannot fight it. This requires a change in perspective, so the identification of fraud is viewed as a positive and proactive achievement.

There is no one solution

Addressing fraud needs a holistic response incorporating detection, prevention, enforcement, and redress, underpinned by a strong understanding of risk. It also requires cooperation between organisation under a spirit of collaboration.

Fraud and corruption are ever changing

Fraud, and counter fraud practices, evolve very quickly and organisations must be agile and change their approach to deal with these evolutions.

Prevention is the most effective way to address fraud and corruption

Preventing fraud through effective counter fraud practices reduces the loss and reputational damage. It also requires less resources than an approach focused on detection and recovery.

Return to the NHSScotland Counter Fraud Strategy