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Strengthening International Independence Standards

In April 2022, the IESBA released revised provisions of the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (the Code) to specify a broader list of categories of entities as Public Interest Entities (PIE) whose audits should be subject to additional independence requirements to meet stakeholders’ heightened expectations concerning auditor independence when an entity is a PIE. These revised provisions join recently revised revisions to the Non-Assurance Services (NAS) and fee-related provisions of the Code to significantly strengthen the guardrails around auditor independence.

The NAS and Fee-related revisions are effective December 15, 2022.

The PIE related revisions are effective December 15, 2024.

Summary of Prohibitions Applicable to Audits of Public Interest Entities

In March 2024, IESBA released a high-level summary designed to highlight non-assurance services, relationships, interests, or circumstances that are prohibited for PIE audits.

Final Pronouncements

Revisions to the Definitions of Listed Entity and Public Interest Entity in the Code

The revised provisions include an expanded definition of “public interest entity” (PIE) in the Code by specifying a broader list of PIE categories, including a new category “publicly traded entity” to replace the category “listed entity.” 

Revisions to the Non-Assurance Services Provisions of the Code

The revised NAS provisions replace Section 600 of the Code and include conforming and consequential revisions to Sections 400, 525, 900 and 950. 

Revisions to the Fee-related Provisions of the Code

The revised fee-related provisions replace Section 410 of the Code and include consequential and conforming amendments to Sections 120, 270, 320, 330, 400 and 905.

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