Washington (Oct. 23, 2003) -- As yet another Sarbanes-Oxley related deadline passes, roughly 600 public accounting firms met the deadline to register with The Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, the body announced Wednesday.

As of the Oct. 22 deadline firms were required to meet in order to issue or prepare audit reports on U.S. public companies or that play a substantial role in the preparation of such audit reports, the PCAOB said it reviewed and approved registration applications from 598 firms.

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