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Public oversight on statutory auditors an element to strengthen confidence in the work of auditors

Public Oversight on Statutory AuditorsAn element to strengthen confidence in the work of auditors

Christian Bauch, Head of Unit

REPARIS Conference

Vienna, 15 March 2006


Introduction

Introduction

  • Ongoing international discussions and regulatory changes regarding independent and effective oversight on auditors (USA :PCAOB (2002) but also UK, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, Australia etc.)

  • New EU requirements regarding oversight on auditors: New 8th Directive on Statutory Audits / Principles of Public Oversight (adopted in 10/2005; to be transposed within 24 months)

  • The German example: Adaptation of the German Oversight System in late 2004 in line with the new EU Principles of Public Oversight


Compliance with the new eu directive on statutory audits

Compliance with the new EU Directive on Statutory Audits

  • Principles of Public Oversight (Article 31):

    • all statutory auditors subject to public oversight

    • governed by a majority of non-practitioners

    • ultimate responsibility for approval, registration, adoption of standards on ethics, internal quality control and auditing, continuous education, quality assurance and investigative and disciplinary systems

    • right to conduct investigations and to appropriate actions

    • transparent (annual work program and activity reports)

    • adequate funding secure and free from any undue influence by the profession


Adaptation of the german system the former system of public oversight

Adaptation of the German system:The Former System of Public Oversight

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

governmental supervision

Chief Public Prosecutor

and

Independent Courts

Chamber of Public Accountants (WPK)Corporation under Public Law (since 1961)

transfer of severe cases

organizes examination, approval, registration, disciplinary proceedings, quality assurance; objective funding mechanism

investigations and disciplinary proceedings

Auditors and Audit FirmsMandatory Members of the Chamber of Public Accountants (WPK)


Adaptation of the german system the revised system of public oversight

Adaptation of the German system: The Revised System of Public Oversight

Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology

governmentalsupervision

appoints members

Auditor Oversight Commission (AOC)6 to 10 non-practitioners

Chief Public Prosecutor

and

Independent Courts

public oversight (ultimate responsibility including right to instruct and overrule); transparent reporting

Chamber of Public Accountants (WPK)Corporation under Public Law (since 1961)

transfer of severe cases

organizes examination, approval, registration, disciplinary proceedings, quality assurance;

objective funding mechanism

investigations and disciplinary proceedings

Auditors and Audit FirmsMandatory Members of the Chamber of Public Accountants (WPK)


Contact

Contact

Tim VolkmannHead of International Affairs------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------WirtschaftsprĂŒferkammer K.d.ö.R. (WPK) - Chamber of Public AccountantsRauchstrasse 26,D-10787 BerlinGermanyTel.: +49 (0) 30 726161 183Fax: +49 (0) 30 726161 [email protected]://www.wpk.de


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