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WOCCU Urges Changes in Oversight of International Audit-Related Standard-Setting Boards

WOCCU filed its comment letter on the Monitoring Group’s proposal on Strengthening the Governance and Oversight of the International Audit-Related Standard-Setting Boards in the Public Interest

The Monitoring Group is a group of international financial institutions and regulatory bodies committed to advancing the public interest in areas related to international audit standard setting and audit quality. The members of the Monitoring Group are the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, European Commission, Financial Stability Board, International Association of Insurance Supervisors, International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators, International Organization of Securities Commissions, and the World Bank.

WOCCU makes numerous suggestions for changes to the proposal as follows:

  • Supports increasing the independence of auditing standard setting from the accounting profession, but does not support issuing new auditing standards more frequently;
  • Urges the Monitoring Group to require standard setters to utilize quantitative cost benefit analyses as part of their consultative processes, and also to considering seriously the comments of community-based cooperative depository institutions, to help reduce regulatory burdens on financial cooperatives;
  • Supports the proposal for a “multi-stakeholder” international audit standard setting board that includes board members who are not accountants per se but have relevant industry experience, such as being a representative of a community-based depository institution trade association or a community-based depository institution prudential regulator;
  • Opposes the proposal that international standards be adopted through majority vote; 
  • Proposes reforming the auditing standard Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) by including a broader multi-stakeholder composition in the Consultative Advisory Group that would better serve the public interest by helping to develop standards that are more relevant and practical for a wider diversity of business enterprises, including cooperative depository institutions; 
  • Supports giving the PIOB authority to veto auditing standards or challenge technical judgments when doing so is necessary for the PIOB to discharge its responsibility to ensure that auditing standards are in the public interest; and 
  • Supports retention of the Monitoring Group’s current oversight role over how international audit-related standards are developed. 

 A copy of the letter can be viewed here.

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Monitoring Group Seeks Input on Reforms to Global Audit Standard Setting

The Monitoring Group, consisting of public authorities responsible for monitoring the international audit standard-setting process (the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS), the European Commission (EC), the Financial Stability Board (FSB), the International Association of Insurance Supervisors (IAIS), and the World Bank Group (WBG)), has issued a consultation paper setting out options to enhance the independence, relevance and transparency of international audit standard setting in the public interest.

The consultation paper focuses on the governance and structure of the Standard Setting Boards (SSB) that support auditing as a public interest activity, namely the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants. The proposal is far-reaching, setting out the main areas of concern regarding the current structure and considering, among other matters, the number, remit and size of the SSBs and their staffs; the accountability of the SSBs to International Federation of Accountants (IFAC); the process for nominating members to the SSBs; the roles of the Public Interest Oversight Board and the Monitoring Group; and the means by which the structure is funded.

Comments on the Consultation are due February 9, 2018 and can be viewed here.

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