The audit committee plays a key role in offering assurance to the governing body with regard to internal controls, risk management and governance. Over time the remit of the audit committees has tended to become broader. As a result, there is a need for the committee to have members with a range of expertise and skills, rather than only a background in finance. To discharge its responsibilities, the committee relies upon the work of internal and external auditors.
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