We will continue to monitor issuers’ compliance with the disclosure requirements relating to the auditor’s involvement with interim financial reports as part of our overall continuous disclosure review program. We urge issuers and their audit committee members to consult with their auditor to confirm the scope of the auditor’s review engagement, to establish whether the review of the interim financial report will be completed in accordance with Section 7050 of the Handbook and to determine whether a notice is required to be attached to its interim financial report. Auditors may also wish to consider how an issuer is communicating their level of involvement with the interim financial report given that an omission of disclosure implies that the report has been reviewed when a review engagement may not have been performed. We believe that investors need to be able to discern the level of auditor involvement in an issuer’s interim financial report when making investment decisions, and as such, staff will continue to request re-filings of this report when an issuer has not met its disclosure obligations in this area.
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