Procedure license audit firm For Audit firms
From 1 October 2006 no statutory audit of a company incorporated in the Netherlands may be performed without a licence granted for that purpose by the AFM. The AFM will grant a licence to an applicant who has demonstrated that he himself and the external auditors employed by him or affiliated to him comply with the standards laid down in the Act. If the applicant intends to also perform statutory audits for Public Interest Entities (PIEs), the applicant must also demonstrate that he and the external auditors employed by him or affiliated to him comply with additional standards. When compliant to these standards, the AFM will annotate the licence to the effect that it is also valid for the performance of statutory audits for public interest entities.
The Act contains a transitional provision for licence applications: audit firms that have applied for a licence within one month after 1 October 2006 and that have submitted all necessary data and documents within three months after their application, are allowed to continue performing statutory audits without a licence until the AFM has made an irrevocable decision about the licence application. The AFM has made the primary decisions on applications for a licence to audit PIEs in September 2007. The primary decisions on the remaining applications concerning the audit firms that only audit non-PIEswill be made before 1 October 2008.