PCAOB Protects: Holding Wrongdoers Accountable To Protect Investors

The PCAOB’s enforcement program brings accountability when auditors violate PCAOB rules and standards. Learn more about PCAOB’s enforcement efforts – and how you can play a part in them. 

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Investor protection lies at the heart of the PCAOB’s statutory mission. We accomplish that mission by promoting high-quality audits through our standard-setting, inspections, and enforcement programs. As part of our mission, we also aim to provide relevant information to investors and to engage with them on PCAOB activities that may be of interest.  

The Office of Investor Advocate

The Office of the Investor Advocate was established to help the PCAOB Board incorporate investors’ perspectives in the PCAOB regulatory agenda and enhance the PCAOB's engagement with investors and investor advocates.

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Investor Advisory: PCAOB Investor Advisory Group Requests Public Submit Examples of Critical or Key Audit Matters

The PCAOB Office of the Investor Advocate is alerting investors to the opportunity to provide the PCAOB Investor Advisory Group with examples of critical audit matters or key audit matters for analysis.

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Investor Advisory Group

The Investor Advisory Group (IAG) has been established by the PCAOB to advise on matters concerning the PCAOB's mission, including investors' perspectives on key areas of concern and potential emerging issues related to the PCAOB's oversight activities.

Investor Advisory Group


Through AuditorSearch, investors may access the names of engagement partners and other accounting firms participating in audits of U.S. public companies by searching the database or downloading the entire data set.

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Recent Updates

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Jun. 18, 2024

The PCAOB has sanctioned De Visser Gray LLP for quality control violations related to audit methodology, critical audit matters, independence, audit committee communications, and Form AP.

Jun. 18, 2024

The PCAOB has sanctioned two firms for violations of rules related to required reporting.