Activities

Working Groups

Enforcement Working Group (EWG)

Chair: Reto Sanwald, FAOA, Switzerland
Vice Chair: Takashi Nagaoka, JFSA, Japan

The EWG provides a forum for enforcement officials to exchange information on effective approaches to investigating and adjudicating alleged auditor misconduct, as well as emerging trends in such enforcement matters.

Global Audit Quality Working Group (GAQWG)

Chair: William Di Cicco, H3C, France
Vice Chair: [currently vacant]

Through the GAQWG, IFIAR carries out an ongoing dialogue with the six largest international audit networks who are members of the Global Public Policy Committee (BDO, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, EY, Grant Thornton, KPMG, PwC) with the objective of improving audit quality globally.

Investor and Other Stakeholders Working Group (IOSWG)

Chair: J. Robert Brown, Jr., PCAOB, USA
Vice Chair: Peter Hofbauer, APAB, Austria

The IOSWG organizes IFIAR’s dialogue with investor representatives and other stakeholders, in particular audit committees, and publishes information on that dialogue on the IFIAR website.

Inspection Workshop Working Group (IWWG)

Chair: Askin Akbulut, AOB, Germany

The IWWG organizes IFIAR’s annual Inspection Workshop which provides a forum for independent audit regulators to meet and discuss inspections practices and to learn from each other. This leads to a better understanding of the different inspection regimes and the identification and development of inspection practices, and promotes greater consistency in inspecting global and other audit firms, with the aim of improving the effectiveness of inspection regimes.

Standards Coordination Working Group (SCWG)

Chair: Martijn Duffels, AFM, The Netherlands

The SCWG is responsible for establishing a forum for IFIAR Members to share views and concerns about standards of the IAASB and the IESBA. As part of its activities, the SCWG provides early input on projects and prepares consensus views on behalf of IFIAR Members on proposals or documents issued by standard setters.

OTHER GROUPS

Core Principles Task Force

Internationally Relevant Developments in the Audit Market Task Force

Inspection Findings Survey Task Force

Technology Task Force

Annual Inspection Findings Survey

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To help measure audit quality trends, IFIAR conducts an annual Inspection Findings Survey which informs IFIAR’s collective efforts to promote audit quality globally, complementary to individual regulators’ audit firm inspection and oversight regimes. Results are made public every year.

Meetings

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Every year, IFIAR convenes a plenary meeting for Member representatives to discuss emerging regulatory issues, challenges facing the audit profession, and strategic approaches to sustainable audit quality. The organization hosts an annual workshop focused on inspection processes and challenges, enhancing insight into Members’ oversight regimes and identifying better practices. IFIAR also holds an annual enforcement workshop with similar goals. Other meetings are held as needed throughout the year. Check back here often for updates.