COMMENTS TO THE RESTRICTIONS IMPOSED BY
"SARBANES-OXLEY ACT" AND ITS REGULATIONS
It is a fact that the US SEC is concerned about
auditorsí independence. Sarbanes-Oxley Act, dated January 22,
2003, requires disclosure in periodic reports of non-audit
services approved by the respective auditing committee. Of course,
such reports may trigger unsuspected liabilities for the members
of the auditing committees that must be avoided.
Sections 201 and 202 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
provide that an issuer's auditing committee must pre-approve "allowable
services" to be provided by the auditor of the issuer's financial
statements in order to assure the independence of such auditor.
The rules will implement those sections of the Act by requiring
that the auditing committee pre-approves all services. In doing
so, the auditing committee may establish policies and procedures
for pre-approval provided they are consistent with the Act, detailed
as to the particular service, and designed to safeguard the continued
independence of the accountant.
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