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Case Examination and Enquiries

Case Examination and Enquiries

The Case Examination and Enquiries (“CEE”) team identifies cases which may fall within the remit of one or more of the FRC’s disciplinary schemes (the Audit Enforcement Procedure (“AEP”), the Accountancy Scheme and the Actuarial Scheme). It identifies potential cases from:

•    intelligence gathering activities;
•    referral from other teams within the FRC;
•    referral from other regulators and professional bodies;
•    complaints from members of the public.

The CEE team then examines the circumstances of the case and makes a decision on the appropriate next steps which may include:

•    referral to the FRC’s Conduct Committee to decide if the case should be investigated;
•    resolution of AEP audit-related case by Constructive Engagement;
•    referral to another team within the FRC or another regulator or professional body;
•    no further action.

The Head of the CEE team also acts as the Case Examiner for cases which fall under the AEP.

The Case Examiner’s main responsibilities under the AEP are to decide:

•    if there is an Allegation under the AEP;
•    whether the Allegation is appropriate to be dealt with by Constructive Engagement or whether it should be referred to the FRC’s Conduct Committee to consider an investigation.

The Case Examiner’s work is conducted in accordance with guidance (PDF) issued by the Conduct Committee.