The purpose of the Audit Committee is to assist the Management Board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process, the system of internal control and the audit process.The Audit Committee meets twice a year, and when necessary, between these meetings.
Key responsibilities of the Audit Committee
The overall responsibility of the Audit Committee is to provide oversight of the internal control systems, management’s risk assessments and the internal and external audits performed. In particular it shall:
- Maintain oversight of the internal control standards;
- Maintain oversight of the framework for the internal audit work in the Centre;
- Monitor the accomplishment of the audit work programme(s) and individual audits; and
- Monitor the establishment and implementation of action plans with regards to the audit recommendations of internal and external audits performed.
The Audit Committee shall also especially assist the Management Board by providing opinions on the annual accounts at both the draft and final stages. The Audit Committee reports back to the Management Board on any serious shortcomings identified.
For more information about its role and composition, see the revised Mandate of the ECDC Audit Committee
The Audit Committee currently consists of seven members of the Management Board and one member representing internal audit expertise. The chairperson is appointed by the Management Board. The current composition of the Audit Committee is:
- Chairperson: Dr Johan Carlson, Management Board Member, Sweden
- Member: Dr Anni Virolainen-Julkunen, Management Board Member and MB Chair, Finland
- Member: Dr Audrius Ščeponavičius, Management Board Member, Lithuania
- Member: Dr Amalia Serban, Management Board Member, Romania
- Member: Ms Zofija Mazej Kukovič, Management Board Member and MB Deputy Chair, European Parliament
- Member: Mr John F Ryan, Director, Directorate C “Public Health, country knowledge, crisis management”, DG SANTE, Management Board Member, European Commission
- Member: Mr Guido De Clercq, Head of Unit Finance, Budget and Controls, DG SANTE, European Commission (representing internal audit expertise)