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PCAOB adopts new audit standard on communications with audit committees

At an open meeting held on 15 August 2012, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board voted to approve new Auditing Standard No. 16, Communications with Audit Committees. Although the new standard retains most of the preexisting communication requirements, there are a number of new areas that the auditor must discuss with the audit committee, and there are some areas where the auditor must seek specific responses from the audit committee.

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