IOSCO statement on International Standards on Auditing

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12 Nov 2007

The International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has issued a statement supporting the work of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) and outlining the approach that IOSCO expects to follow in its possible future endorsement of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) for use for cross-border securities offerings.

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Excerpt from IOSCO Statement on International Standards on Auditing

The process and structure for setting ISAs has been the subject of reform and improvement efforts in recent years. In 2003, IOSCO and other regulatory and international financial organizations worked with the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), to create a set of reforms for international audit standard setting and other public interest activities of IFAC. These reforms included the establishment of the international Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) to carry out independent oversight of the IAASB's standard setting activities and other IFAC public interest activities, as well as other process changes. The reforms also included provisions for a future evaluation of their effectiveness. IOSCO recognizes the importance of the work of both the IAASB and PIOB.

In recent years, the IAASB has developed and issued a number of new and updated standards in the Board's Clarity project. Additional revised standards are expected in 2008. IOSCO is currently evaluating under what conditions IOSCO could endorse ISAs for use for cross border purposes and the form of such an endorsement. The IAASB's responses to public interest concerns in its standards setting will be relevant to such an endorsement.


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