The Audit Committee was set up to assist in compliance with the requirements of IGEM’s accreditation for the quality management system BS EN ISO 9001:2000 in 1997. Accreditation was first awarded on 3 July 1997 and transferred to Lloyds Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) on 18 January 2013. The Audit Committee normally meets at least twice a year to review the quality management system for compliance.
It reports directly to Council and its role is to audit the application of and compliance with IGEM policies, procedures and governance, and to provide assurance to the trustees that the running of IGEM is compliant with governance requirements. It also audits the membership registration and application procedures to test for compliance with Engineering Council requirements. It ensures that the requirements are met for external bodies such as the Privy Council, Charity Commission and Engineering Council UK (ECUK). The audit programme has been developed on a risk based approach, which is managed through IGEM’s risk register and internal audits are carried out on a three year rolling programme.