In its review of the systems and controls framework in Paragraph HC-3.2.1, the audit committee must:

(a) Make effective use of the work of external and internal auditors. The audit committee must ensure the integrity of the company's accounting and financial reporting systems through regular independent review (by internal and external audit). Audit findings must be used as an independent check on the information received from management about the company's operations and performance and the effectiveness of internal controls;
(b) Make use of self-assessments, stress/scenario tests, and/or independent judgments made by external advisors. The board should appoint supporting committees, and engage senior management to assist the audit committee in the oversight of risk management; and
(c) Ensure that senior management have put in place appropriate systems of control for the business of the company and the information needs of the board; in particular, there must be appropriate systems and functions for identifying as well as for monitoring risk, the financial position of the company, and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and best practice standards. The systems must produce information on a timely basis.
July 2011