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PCAOB Ponders Global Auditing Standards

Tammy Whitehouse | April 22, 2008

With accounting standards well on their way to globalization, pressure is growing on the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board to follow suit with its standards for auditing U.S. public companies.

In a recent speech to the American Accounting Association, PCAOB Board member Bill Gradison said the Board will move the issue of multiple auditing standards “to the front burner” this year. And in its 2008 strategic plan, the PCAOB said the time has come to “examine the implications for the PCAOB’s mission of multiple auditing standards and varying audit environments across global capital markets and consider how the Board should respond.”

Indeed, the PCAOB is something of an island in the world of auditing standards, because it does not base its standards on the work of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, as many other national bodies do. In contrast, the Auditing Standards Board of the... To get the full story, subscribe now.