Relevant Papers and News Items (June – July 2020)

Relevant Papers and News Items (June – July 2020)

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  • June 30: ASIC released new information sheets to help companies, company officers and company auditors understand and comply with their obligations under the corporate whistleblower protection regime.

The Netherlands

  • July 14: AFM published a new report on the big-4’s quality improvements efforts.
    • Points:
      • Preconditions for the quality of statutory audits assessed
      • The Big 4 are focusing on quality improvement and a quality-oriented culture
      • Quality safeguards need to be strengthened
      • New assessment to begin in 2020
      • Improving quality is an important issue for society


United Kingdom

International Organizations/Fora

Monitoring Group

  • July 14: Monitoring Group published its Recommendations to Strengthen the International Audit and Ethics Standard-Setting System
    • The Monitoring Group developed these recommendations through extensive outreach including the following:
      • Issuance of a public consultation in 2017;
      • Discussions with international audit and ethics standard-setting, oversight, and auditing professional stakeholders;
      • Discussions held around the world with investors, regulators and other stakeholders; and
      • Discussions within and among the Monitoring Group member organizations.
        • Ref. IFAC Welcomes Next Phase of Engagement with MG (14 July)



  • July 7: ASIC provided further information on focus areas for financial reporting in the COVID-19 environment for years ending 30 June 2020 following its guidance via the frequently asked questions already published on the ASIC website.



United Kingdom

  • July 2: UK FRC published a review of the policies and procedures auditors have been using during the on-going Covid-19 pandemic to assess whether companies are trading as a “going concern”.

United States



  • July 15 : The European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) is to launch an assessment of the supervisory response in the financial reporting area by BaFin and the Financial Reporting Enforcement Panel (FREP) to the events leading to the collapse of Wirecard AG. It will be completed by 30 October 2020.

Ref: Wirecard: the timeline (Financial Times)