PCAOB Issues Interim Analysis Report on Critical Audit Matters

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Dec 07, 2022

On December 7, 2022, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) published a second report on the initial impact of its critical audit matter (CAM) requirements (the first report was released in October 2020).

Key findings of the follow-up report include:

  • “The average number of CAMs per audit report has declined over time, and the proportion of audit reports that communicate a single CAM has increased.”
  • “Investor awareness and use of CAMs continues to develop.”
  • “The staff has not found evidence of significant unintended consequences from auditors’ implementation of the CAM requirements.”

To accompany the report, the PCAOB also released the following two staff white papers that provide “technical detail and additional information related to the methodologies by which the PCAOB gained information to support the findings in the interim analysis reports”:

Review the report and postimplementation review page on the PCAOB’s website.

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