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DTR App 1.1 Audit Committees for certain issuers

DTR App 1.1.1

1App 1.1.1

In respect of a financial year beginning before 17 June 2016, DTR TP 27 requires an issuer to comply with the requirements in this appendix in relation to their audit committee unless it is an issuer listed in App 1.1.4.

App 1.1.2

To assist issuers, this appendix adopts the text of DTR 7.1 before it was amended by the Disclosure Rules and Transparency Rules Sourcebook (Statutory Audit Amending Directive) Instrument 2016 in order to cover issuers in respect of a financial year beginning before 17 June 2016.

App 1.1.3

7.1

Audit committees

Audit committees and their functions

7.1.1

R

An issuer must have a body which is responsible for performing the functions set out in DTR 7.1.3R. At least one member of that body must be independent and at least one member must have competence in accounting and/or auditing.

7.1.2

G

The requirements for independence and competence in accounting and/or auditing may be satisfied by the same member or by different members of the relevant body.

7.1.3

R

An issuer must ensure that, as a minimum, the relevant body must:

(1)

monitor the financial reporting process;

(2)

monitor the effectiveness of the issuer's internal control, internal audit where applicable, and risk management systems;

(3)

monitor the statutory audit of the annual and consolidated accounts;

(4)

review and monitor the independence of the statutory auditor, and in particular the provision of additional services to the issuer.

7.1.4

R

An issuer must base any proposal to appoint a statutory auditor on a recommendation made by the relevant body.

[Note: Article 41.3 of the Audit Directive]

7.1.5

R

The issuer must make a statement available to the public disclosing which body carries out the functions required by DTR 7.1.3R and how it is composed.

[Note: Article 41.5 (part) of the Audit Directive]

7.1.6

G

An issuer may include the statement required by DTR 7.1.5R in any statement it is required to make under DTR 7.2 (Corporate governance statements).

7.1.7

G

In the FCA's view, compliance with provisions A.1.2, C.3.1, C.3.2, C.3.3 and C.3.8 of the UK Corporate Governance Code will result in compliance with DTR 7.1.1R to DTR 7.1.5R.

App 1.1.4

This appendix does not apply to:

(1)

any issuer which is a subsidiary undertaking of a parent undertaking where the parent undertaking is subject to DTR 7.1, or to requirements implementing Article 41 of the Audit Directive in any other EEA State; or

[Note: Article 41.6(a) of the Audit Directive]

(2)

any issuer the sole business of which is to act as the issuer of asset-backed securities provided the entity makes a statement available to the public setting out the reasons for which it considers it is not appropriate to have either an audit committee or an administrative or supervisory body entrusted to carry out the functions of an audit committee; or

[Note: Article 41.6(c) of the Audit Directive]

(3)

a credit institution whose shares are not admitted to trading and which has, in a continuous or repeated manner, issued only debt securities provided that:

(a)

the total nominal amount of all such debt securities remains below 100,000,000 Euros; and

(b)

the credit institution has not been subject to a requirement to publish a prospectus in accordance with section 85 of the Act.

[Note: Article 41.6(d) of the Audit Directive]