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1221Approval of [F1third country] qualificationsE+W+S+N.I.
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(1)The Secretary of State may declare that the following are to be regarded for the purposes of this Chapter as holding an approved [F1third country] qualification—

(a)persons who are qualified to audit accounts under the law of a specified [F2third country] , or

(b)persons who hold a specified professional qualification in accountancy obtained in a specified [F2third country] .

[F3(1A)A declaration under subsection (1)(a) or (b) must be expressed to be subject to the requirement that any person to whom the declaration relates must pass an aptitude test in accordance with subsection (7A), unless an aptitude test is not required (see subsection (7B)).]

(2)A declaration under subsection (1)(b) may be expressed to be subject to the satisfaction of any specified requirement or requirements.

(3)The Secretary of State may make a declaration under subsection (1) only if he is satisfied that—

(a)in the case of a declaration under subsection (1)(a), the fact that the persons in question are qualified to audit accounts under the law of the specified [F2third country] , or

(b)in the case of a declaration under subsection (1)(b), the specified professional qualification taken with any requirement or requirements to be specified under subsection (2),

affords an assurance of professional competence equivalent to that afforded by a recognised professional qualification.

(4)The Secretary of State may make a declaration under subsection (1) only if he is satisfied that the treatment that the persons who are the subject of the declaration will receive as a result of it is comparable to the treatment which is, or is likely to be, afforded in the specified [F2third country] or a part of it to—

(a)in the case of a declaration under subsection (1)(a), some or all persons who are eligible to be appointed as a statutory auditor, and

(b)in the case of a declaration under subsection (1)(b), some or all persons who hold a corresponding recognised professional qualification.

(5)The Secretary of State may direct that persons holding an approved [F1third country] qualification are not to be treated as holding an appropriate qualification for the purposes of this Chapter unless they hold such additional educational qualifications as the Secretary of State may specify for the purpose of ensuring that such persons have an adequate knowledge of the law and practice in the United Kingdom relevant to the audit of accounts.

(6)The Secretary of State may give different directions in relation to different approved [F1third country] qualifications.

(7)The Secretary of State may, if he thinks fit, having regard to the considerations mentioned in subsections (3) and (4), withdraw a declaration under subsection (1) in relation to—

(a)persons becoming qualified to audit accounts under the law of the specified [F2third country] after such date as he may specify, or

(b)persons obtaining the specified professional qualification after such date as he may specify.

[F4(7A)An aptitude test required for the purposes of subsection (1A)—

(a)must test the person's knowledge of subjects—

(i)that are covered by a recognised professional qualification,

(ii)that are not covered by the professional qualification already held by the person, and

(iii)the knowledge of which is essential for the pursuit of the profession of statutory auditor;

(b)may test the person's knowledge of rules of professional conduct;

(c)must not test the person's knowledge of any other matters.

(7B)No aptitude test is required for the purposes of subsection (1A) if the subjects that are covered by a recognised professional qualification and the knowledge of which is essential for the pursuit of the profession of statutory auditor are covered by the professional qualification already held by the person.]

(8)The Secretary of State may, if he thinks fit, having regard to the considerations mentioned in subsections (3) and (4), vary or revoke a requirement specified under subsection (2) from such date as he may specify.

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