S02-Ethics - ETHICS SECTION 2 Public Acceptance The...

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ETHICS SECTION 2
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Public Acceptance The accounting profession, like any other profession, exists only through wide public acceptance Independent auditing maintains its professional status by striving for consistency of quality and by maintaining independence from management How does auditing achieve and maintain the level of quality needed to preserve its professional status?
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Professional Ethics Distinguishing characteristic of any profession is the existence of a code of ethics Professional ethics extend beyond moral principles A mixture of moral and practical concepts designed to invoke “right action”, reduced to rules which re enforceable by disciplinary action
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ICAO states: It is a mark of a profession that there is a voluntary assumption of ethical principles Aimed at 1. The protection of the public; and 1. Achieving orderly and courteous conduct within the profession.
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Code of Conduct Each professional designation has its set of rules Wording may be different ICAO one of the most comprehensive
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Composition of the ICAO Code 1. Principles of Professional Conduct 1. Rules of Conduct 1. Council Interpretations
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To Whom Do the Rules Apply? Members in public practice as well as members not engaged in public accounting Professional services when not engaged in public accounting? Members outside Canada?
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Enforcement of the Rules Alleged violations can result from Committees involved could include: Professional Conduct Committee Discipline Committee Appeal Committee Council – Final Appeal
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Professional Conduct Committee Upon receiving a complaint it shall conduct a hearing Possible results Discipline Committee Shall conduct a hearing on a charge laid by the Professional Conduct Committee If found guilty
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Appeal Committee Within 15 days of being advised by the Discipline Committee the member may file an appeal The Appeal Committee may Council – Final Appeal A final appeal may be made concerning any order suspending a member or student, or striking a student from the register, or expelling a member The Council may
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General Principles of the Rules 1. Conduct oneself at all times in a manner which will maintain the good reputation of the profession 1. Perform ones professional services with 1. If engaged to express an opinion - free of any influence, interest, or relationship, in respect of the client’s affairs
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1. Shall not disclose, without proper cause, any information obtained in the course of one’s duties 1. Development of one’s practice shall be founded upon 1. Shall act in relation to any other member with courtesy and consideration due between professional colleagues
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The Rules of Professional Conduct General – 100’s Standards of conduct affecting the public interest – 200’s Relations with fellow members and with non-members engaged in public accounting – 300’s Organization and conduct of professional practice – 400’s
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General Rules
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