Companies Act 2014
F975[Exemptions in case of equivalence
1580. (1) A third-country auditor or third-country audit entity may apply to the Supervisory Authority for an exemption from all or any of the provisions of sections 1573 and 1574 on the basis that the third-country auditor or third-country audit entity is subject to systems of public oversight, quality assurance and investigations and penalties in the third country concerned that meet requirements equivalent to those of section 930A, Chapter 7 and this Chapter.
(2) On the making of that application, if—
(a) the Commission has, in accordance with Article 46(2) of the Audit Directive, assessed the systems referred to in subsection (1) as meeting requirements equivalent to those in the corresponding provisions of the Audit Directive, and
(b) the Supervisory Authority is satisfied that the law of the third country concerned affords reciprocal rights to a statutory auditor or audit firm with regard to being granted corresponding exemptions under that law,
the Supervisory Authority may rely on the equivalence decided by the Commission, partially or entirely, and thus to disapply or modify the requirements in sections 1573 and 1574 partially or entirely and the third-country auditor or third-country audit entity shall be partially or entirely exempted accordingly.
(3) The Supervisory Authority shall notify the Commission of the main elements of its cooperative arrangements with systems of public oversight, quality assurance and investigations and penalties of the third country concerned, arising out of arrangements it has entered into with that third country for the purposes of the reciprocity referred to in subsection (2)(b).]
Inserted (21.09.2018) by Companies (Statutory Audits) Act 2018 (22/2018), s. 51, S.I. No. 366 of 2018.