Audit committees play a vital role in promoting high quality auditing through their oversight of the audit process and the auditor. An engaged and informed audit committee serves as an effective force multiplier in promoting audit quality for the benefit of investors. The Board has made it a strategic priority to interact more often and more directly with audit committees.

PCAOB Inspections

As part of the PCAOB inspections process, we reach out to nearly all of the audit committee chairs of the U.S. issuers whose audits we inspect and invite them to speak with us.

Basics of Inspections

Firm Inspection Reports

Resources for Audit Committees

The PCAOB is committed to providing timely and relevant information to audit committees in areas of common interest, including auditor independence, auditor communications with the audit committee, PCAOB inspections reports, audit quality, critical audit matters, among other topics. 

Resources for Audit Committees

Recent Updates

Oct. 20, 2021

PCAOB posts new resources for auditors of small businesses and broker-dealers.

Broker-Dealers & Small Businesses
Oct. 18, 2021

PCAOB provides preview of 2020 inspection observations.

Inspections
Oct. 7, 2021

PCAOB released staff guidance on considerations regarding the relevance and reliability of information from external sources that the auditor plans to use as audit evidence.

Standards
Sep. 28, 2021

PCAOB solicits additional public comment on proposed new requirements for the lead auditor’s use of other auditors.

Standards

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