The PCAOB has released Audit Standard No. 16 - Communications with Audit Committees. This new standard is designed to establishe requirements that enhance the relevance, timeliness, and quality of the communications between the auditor and the audit committee. This new standard supersedes Interim Standards AU sec. 380 (Communication with Audit Committees) and AU sec. 310 (Appointment of the Independent Auditor), the transitional amendments to AU sec. 380, and related amendments to PCAOB standards.