The EU and the US intend to rely on each other’s audit oversight procedures
by 2009, Charlie McCreevy, the EU commissioner, said today.
Reports said the internal market commissioner was hoping to step up
cooperation over oversight,
reported. Currently, US regulator the PCAOB inspects audit firms in London
which have responsibility for US-listed clients.
Separately, The Department of Trade
and Industry opened a consultation today on how it should proceed
when implementing the EU 8th
Directive, which could require the FRC to go abroad to inspect foreign auditors
where the companies they oversee are listed in London.
In its consultation document, the DTI said the exercise would mainly be one
of harmonisation and aligning audit and financial regulations across Europe.
The consultation does, however, propose some new rules which will have to be
introdcued to comply with the 8th Directive
Under one proposal, the DTI says that audit engagement partners should not be
able to move in as the FD of an audit client within two years.
The consultation closes on 1 June 2007
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The FRC has said that the investigation will 'consider, but not be restricted to, issues regarding misstated accounting balances'
Craig Maxwell joins the audit and assurance team in Scotland
Stephen Grayson to join the audit department in Manchester