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Corporate Governance Regulation

The Internal Audit Function

The International Professional Practices Framework released last year by the IIA is intended to provide guidance for internal auditors, by seeking to focus on core principles. The framework identifies 10 core principles that describe or guide what an effective internal audit function should focus upon and to what it should adhere.

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Among the many responsibilities of an audit committee, overseeing the function of internal audit can be among the more challenging and complex. New York Stock Exchange (NYSE)-listed companies must include, and many companies generally do include, oversight of the internal audit function as one of the responsibilities of the audit committee. As a result, it is common for an internal audit function to be required and the scope of that function subject to the oversight of the audit committee. From a governance perspective, what is the mission of internal audit?

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