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Auditing Standard No. 1 

References in Auditors’ Reports to the Standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

Effective Date: For auditors' reports issued or reissued on or after May 24, 2004

Final Rule: PCAOB Release No. 2003-025

Summary Table of Contents

References in Auditors' Reports to the Standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board

1.         The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 authorized the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board ("PCAOB") to establish auditing and related professional practice standards to be used by registered public accounting firms.  PCAOB Rule 3100, Compliance with Auditing and Related Professional Practice Standards, requires the auditor to comply with all applicable auditing and related professional practice standards of the PCAOB.

2.        The Board has adopted as interim standards, on an initial, transitional basis, the generally accepted auditing standards, described in the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants' ("AICPA") Auditing Standards Board's Statement on Auditing Standards No. 95, Generally Accepted Auditing Standards, in existence on April 16, 2003. 1/

3.        Accordingly, in connection with any engagement performed in accordance with the auditing and related professional practice standards of the PCAOB, whenever the auditor is required by the interim standards to make reference in a report to generally accepted auditing standards, U.S. generally accepted auditing standards, auditing standards generally accepted in the United States of America, or standards established by the AICPA, the auditor must instead refer to "the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)."  An auditor must also include the city and state (or city and country, in the case of non-U.S. auditors) from which the auditor's report has been issued.

4.        This auditing standard is effective for auditors' reports issued or reissued on or after the 10th day following approval of this auditing standard by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

5.        Audit reports issued prior to the effective date of this standard were required to state that the audits that supported those reports were performed in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards.  The PCAOB adopted those generally accepted auditing standards, including their respective effective dates, as they existed on April 16, 2003, as interim standards.  Therefore, reference to "the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States)" with respect to audits of financial statements performed prior to the effective date of this standard is equivalent to the previously-required reference to generally accepted auditing standards.  Accordingly, upon adoption of this standard, a reference to generally accepted auditing standards in auditors' reports is no longer appropriate or necessary.

Note:  The term "auditor" in this standard is intended to include both registered public accounting firms and associated persons thereof.

1/ The Board's rules on interim standards were adopted by the Board on April 16, 2003, and approved by the Commission on April 25, 2003.  See SEC Rel. No. 33-8222 (April 25, 2003).

[Effective pursuant to SEC Release No. 34-49707, File No. PCAOB-2003-10 (May 14, 2004)]