Financial Reporting Council


The Fin­an­cial Re­port­ing Council (FRC) is the UK’s reg­u­lator for the ac­count­ing, audit and ac­tu­ar­ial pro­fes­sions and is also re­spons­ible for cor­por­ate gov­ernance in the UK.  

The FRC Board is re­spons­ible for the overall gov­ernance and strategy of the FRC and ul­ti­mately ap­proves all codes and stand­ards issued by the FRC. All Board Members, including the CEO and Chairman, are appointed by the Department for Business and Trade (DBT)

The Board is sup­por­ted by two gov­ernance com­mit­tees (Audit and Risk Com­mit­tee and People Com­mit­tee), and by three regulatory com­mit­tees (Reg­u­lat­ory Stand­ards and Codes Com­mit­tee, Su­per­vi­sion Com­mit­tee and Conduct Com­mit­tee). The three regulatory com­mit­tees are also sup­por­ted by Senior Ad­visors who attend Com­mit­tee meet­ings and the Ad­vis­ory Panel who can be asked to provide input on tech­nical matters on project to project basis.

The Tribunal Panel and the En­force­ment Com­mit­tee Panel are main­tained pur­su­ant to the Conduct Com­mit­tee Op­er­at­ing pro­ced­ures and the FRC’s dis­cip­lin­ary and en­force­ment pro­ced­ures. The Executive Committee manages the day to day operations of the FRC, including resources, policies and programmes.

The full struc­ture of the FRC is avail­able on the FRC website here.

The Government also writes to the FRC setting out its priorities for the FRC's work.  Its latest remit letter setting these out was published in November 2023.

Audit and Risk Committee

The purpose of the FRC's Audit and Risk Committee is to support and advise the Accounting Officer (The Chief Executive) and the Board by providing oversight of the company’s financial reporting process and use of public funds, corporate governance, the audit process, the system of internal controls including business continuity and information technology, the identification and management of significant risks and its compliance with laws and regulations.

The Committee provides assurance to the Board and, when it is not satisfied with any aspect of the FRC’s internal controls or reporting, it shall report its views to the Board and the Accounting Officer.

The Audit and Risk committee should provide the Board with advice on the continued appropriateness of the risk strategy and risk appetite in light of the organisation’s purpose, values, corporate strategy and strategic objectives.

People Committee

The purpose of the People Committee is to provide the FRC Executive with challenge, constructive dialogue and strategic direction on issues relating to the appointment and recruitment, remuneration, talent management and welfare of FRC staff and non-executive members and to take high-level decisions on such issues as necessary.

Regulatory Standards and Codes Committee

The Regulatory Standards and Codes Committee (the ‘Committee’) shall be responsible for approving and overseeing on behalf of the Board high quality, effective and proportionate Standards, Guidance, SORPs, Practice Notes and Codes for corporate governance, stewardship, audit and assurance, actuarial, and corporate reporting work.

The Committee comprises of the Chair of the Committee and other non-executive Directors of the FRC. In addition, the Committee will be assisted by Senior Advisors, who will provide technical expertise and advice where requested, but will not be involved in taking decisions.

Conduct Committee 

The Conduct Committee (the ‘Committee’) is responsible for the oversight of the FRC’s enquiries, investigations and enforcement function, ensuring that appropriate cases are investigated and conducted fairly, in the public interest, in a timely manner and in accordance with due process and the Regulators code.

The Committee will also provide strategic input and constructive challenge to the FRC’s supervision and monitoring activities, identifying key areas of risk and monitoring the progress of operating plans.

The Conduct Committee comprises FRC Board members and others with a range of skills, experience and relevant technical expertise. Membership of the Committee excludes current practising auditors as well as employees or officers of the professional bodies regulated by the FRC.

Supervision Committee

The Supervision Committee is responsible for overseeing the FRC's delegated statutory supervisory and oversight functions and its non-statutory monitoring work, with the aim of serving the public interest by promoting high professional standards in accounting, audit, actuarial work and corporate reporting.

The Committee provides strategic input and constructive challenge to the FRC’s supervision and monitoring activities, identifying key areas of risk and monitoring progress against the Supervision Division's objectives and operational plans.

The Committee advises the FRC Board on the exercise of statutory functions delegated to it by the Secretary of State under section 457 of the Companies Act 2006 and section 14(2) of the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004. The Supervision Committee and the FRC Board exercise these functions in accordance with its Operating Procedures (PDF) (link to FRC website).

More information

More detail can be found on the FRC website.   In November 2023, the Secretary of State for Business and Trade issued the FRC with a new remit letter updating the Government’s priorities for the FRC’s work.

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