The AFRC urges CPAs (practising), CPA firms and corporate practices to renew their registration by 15 December 2022. This comes after the AFRC forwarded first and second reminders to these practice units between 23 November and 2 December, yet a number of practices are still to respond. The requirements and procedures for renewal applications can be found on the AFRC website.

The AFRC is responsible for the renewal of practising certificates and registrations of practice units from 1 October 2022. The current practising certificates and registrations of all practice units will expire on 31 December 2022.

Under the Accounting and Financial Reporting Council Ordinance (AFRCO), no renewal applications can be accepted by the AFRC after 15 December 2022. There will be no grace period for renewal applications.

If the AFRC has not received a renewal application from a practice unit by 15 December 2022, its name will be removed from the relevant register of CPAs (practising), CPA firms or corporate practices upon the expiry of its current certificate or registration on 31 December 2022.

It is an offence under sections 20AAZZL, 20AAZN, 20AAZZO and 20AAZZR of the AFRCO for any person who has not applied for renewal of their practising certificate or registration as a CPA firm or corporate practice by the statutory deadline to continue practising after 31 December 2022. This includes holding any appointment or rendering any services, whether paid or unpaid, as an auditor of a company under the Companies Ordinance (Cap. 622) or as an auditor of accounts for the purposes of any other ordinance (statutory audits). It is also an offence under section 20AAZZM of the AFRCO for any person who is not a CPA (practising) to sign an audit report.

The registers of CPAs (practising), CPA firms and corporate practices are available for public inspection on the AFRC website under “Find an Auditor”.

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