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Public Accountants Oversight Committee


The Public Accountants Oversight Committee (PAOC) promotes audit quality and protects the public interest through functions such as the registering of public accountants, the determining of standards and other professional requirements, as well as the administering of the Practice Monitoring Programme (PMP), complaints and disciplinary procedures. The PAOC meets on a monthly basis.

The PAOC was established under the Accountants Act (the “Act”) and assists ACRA in:

  • Considering all applications for the registration of public accountants;
  • Approving of accounting corporations, accounting firms, and accounting limited liability partnerships;
  • Determining, prescribing and reviewing the requirements to be satisfied by people seeking to be registered as public accountants;
  • Administering the continuing professional education programmes for public accountants;
  • Administering the practice monitoring programmes under the Act;
  • Determining, prescribing and reviewing the codes of professional conduct and ethics for public accountants and the standards, methods and procedures to be applied by public accountants when providing public accountancy services;
  • Inquiring into any complaint, or information relating to any professional misconduct, against any public accountant, accounting corporation, accounting firm or accounting limited liability partnership, and, if necessary, institute disciplinary proceedings in accordance with the Act; and
  • Advising ACRA on any matter which relates to the profession of public accountancy.

Prof Tan Cheng Han (Chairman)
Professor, Faculty of Law
National University of Singapore

Mr Sajjad Akhtar
Managing Partner

Ms Chua Geok Wah
Accountant-General’s Department

Mr Max Loh Khum Whai
Managing Partner, Asean and Singapore
Ernst & Young

Mr Alan Nisbet
Company Director

Mr Yap Chee Keong
Executive Director
The Straits Trading Company Limited

Mr Yeoh Oon Jin
Executive Chairman
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Last Updated/Reviewed on 02 Apr 2014