CHARTER OF THE AUDIT COMMITTEE
The Audit Committee of Allied Healthcare Products, Inc. is a standing committee of the Board of Directors of the Corporation established by action of the Board permitted under the By-laws of the corporation and the Delaware General Corporation Law. The primary objective and role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board in fulfilling the Board's responsibilities by reviewing (i) the financial information provided by the corporation to shareholders and others, (ii) the accounting practices and principles followed by the corporation, and (iii) the process by which financial information is generated and audited. It is intended that such review shall address the appropriateness and quality of the corporation's financial reporting as well as it adequacy and accuracy.
This Charter has been adopted by the Members of the Audit Committee and confirmed by the Board of Directors of the corporation. No amendment to the Charter or action of the Board of Directors which would limit or restrict the duties, responsibilities, powers and rights of the Audit Committee or which would alter the qualifications for membership on the Audit Committee shall be effective with out consent of a majority of the members of the Audit Committee.
The Audit Committee shall consist of at least three members of the Board of Directors appointed annually by the full Board of Directors following its first meeting subsequent to its election at the Annual Meeting of Shareholders of the corporation. Each person appointed to membership on the Audit committee shall be independent of management of the corporation in accordance with criteria established by the principal market for the corporation's Common Stock. Each person appointed to membership on the Audit Committee shall be financially literate and at least one member shall have accounting or related financial management expertise. The Audit Committee may select from its members a Chairman.
The Audit Committee shall exercise an oversight function with respect to the corporation's preparation and dissemination of financial information and shall report on such topics to the Board of Directors. This review function to be performed by the Audit Committee is not intended to relieve the corporation's financial management executive from responsibility for maintaining and presenting financial information nor to relieve the corporation's independent auditors from their responsibilities. The goal of the Audit Committee's activities is to maintain free and open communications among the corporation's directors, independent auditors, and internal financial management and accounting staffs as a means of achieving full and fair financial disclosure.
The Company shall provide appropriate funding to be used as determined in the discretion of the Audit Committee to provide for the payment of compensation (i) to Company's independent auditors in connection with the issuing of such auditors' report upon the financial statements of the Company and (ii) to such independent counsel or other advisers as may be deemed necessary or appropriate by the Audit Committee in fulfilling its role hereunder.
Although it is expected that the Audit Committee will adopt flexible policies and procedures in order to address changing conditions and concerns, it is expected that the following tasks will be performed by the Audit Committee on a recurring basis:
The Audit Committee shall establish procedures for (i) the receipt, retention and treatment of complaints received by the Company regarding accounting, internal accounting controls or auditing matters and (ii) the confidential, anonymous submission by employees of the Company of concerns regarding questionable accounting or auditing matters.
The Audit Committee shall report to the Board of Directors on its activities not less frequently than quarterly and shall provide a summary report for inclusion in the Company's proxy statement for its annual meeting in accordance with applicable disclosure regulations.