Among other things, the standard requires that a reviewer be a partner in the firm that issues the engagement report, someone in an equivalent position in thefirm or someone from outside the firm who is associated with a registered public accounting firm. Audit engagement partners are prohibited from serving as the reviewer on that engagement for at least a two-year “cooling-off period.”
The PCAOB voted on July 28 to seek public comments on a Concept Release to consider the effects of a potential requirement for the engagement partner to sign the audit report in addition to the existing requirement for the audit firm to sign its name on the audit report.
Board members cited comments they received that such a move would increase an individual’s sense of responsibility and said that many members of its Standing Advisory Group with backgrounds as investors support it. They also expressed concerns about acting with haste and agreed that issuing a concept release and carefully evaluating comments was the wise move.
The comment period closed Sept. 11. More information is available on the PCAOB’s Web site at pcaob.org.