The CGIAR System benefits from the advice of the following advisory bodies:
- The Internal Audit Function provides independent and objective assurance and advisory services to the System Council and the System Management Board.
- The System Council Intellectual Property Group (SC IP Group) established by the System Council under the Intellectual Property Principles, its role is to facilitate coordination between the System Council and the System Organization with regard to the implementation of the CGIAR IA Principles and advising the System Council in order to enable it to provide adequate oversight of Intellectual Asset management in CGIAR while safeguarding sensitive and confidential information. The role, rights and duties and the membership of the SC IP Group are set out in its Terms of Reference, established under the CGIAR Principles on the Management of Intellectual Assets.
Based on discussions at its 6th meeting in May 2018, the System Council agreed by electronic decision with effect from 4 October 2018 (SC/M6/EDP2), to put in place revised terms of reference for the following bodies, which will take operational effect from 1 January 2019: