Internal Assessors are those personnel who facilitate the CSF Assessment process by performing in-house testing in advance of an External Assessor’s validated assessment fieldwork. Internal Assessors are in-house or outsourced CCSFPs who are typically positioned within, or engaged by, an assessed entity’s Internal Audit Department, but could also be positioned within or engaged by any department meeting specific objectivity requirements, resource qualification requirements, and approval by HITRUST (through a defined application process).

Internal Assessors are part of an “Internal Assessment Function.” This function will typically be an Internal Audit Department or a team of consultants, but is not required to be as long as specific objectivity, competence, and application approval requirements are met.