The International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators and Other International Organizations
The PCAOB is a member of the International Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR). IFIAR provides a forum for independent audit regulators to share among each other their knowledge and experiences, with a focus on inspections of auditors and audit firms. Created in 2006, IFIAR holds one plenary meeting each year, in addition to hosting periodic meetings of its six working groups. IFIAR established a secretariat office in Tokyo in 2017.
The PCAOB is a member of the IFIAR Board and an active participant in each working group. PCAOB Board Member Duane DesParte is the Acting Chair of IFIAR, and Board Member Rebekah Goshorn Jurata is the Vice Chair of the Global Audit Quality Working Group. PCAOB staff lead the IFIAR Inspection Findings Survey Task Force, which prepares the annual inspection findings survey.
The IFIAR membership consists of 54 independent audit regulators from around the world. Observers include: Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, European Commission, Financial Stability Board, International Association of Insurance Supervisors, International Organization of Securities Commissions, Public Interest Oversight Board, and World Bank. More information about IFIAR can be found on the IFIAR website.
Other International Organizations
The PCAOB also is involved in a number of international organizations whose work relates to aspects of the PCAOB's responsibilities. The PCAOB participates as an Observer to the Consultative Advisory Groups of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.