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The Monitoring Group

The Monitoring Group, is a group of international financial institutions and regulatory bodies committed to advancing the public interest in areas related to international audit standard setting and audit quality.

The members of the Monitoring Group are the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, European Commission, Financial Stability Board, International Association of Insurance Supervisors, International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, International Organization of Securities Commissions, and the World Bank. The Monitoring Group is currently chaired by Howard Wetston, Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the Ontario Securities Commission, and Vice-Chairman of the IOSCO Board.

The Monitoring Group's Mission is to:

  • cooperate in the interest of promoting high-quality international auditing and assurance, ethical and education standards for accountants;
  • monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the IFAC Reforms, and in that connection, to undertake an effectiveness assessment of the IFAC Reforms and other aspects of IFAC's operations that involve the public interest;
  • through its Nominating Committee, appoint the members of the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB1);
  • monitor the execution by the PIOB of its mandate;
  • consult and advise the PIOB with respect to regulatory, legal and policy developments that are pertinent to the PIOB's public interest oversight; and
  • convene to discuss issues and share views relating to international audit quality as well as to regulatory and market developments having an impact on auditing.

The Monitoring Group member organizations carry out this mission as governed by the present Charter, which is attached.

1The PIOB was formally established in February 2005 as part of the IFAC Reform Proposals with the objective to increase investor and other stakeholder confidence that IFAC's public interest activities, including standard setting by IFAC's independent boards, are properly responsive to the public interest.