Medizone Directors Appoint New Independent Audit Firm
As recently reported on SEC Form 8-K
On December 3, 2012, the Board of Directors of Medizone International, Inc., a Nevada corporation (the “Company”), made a change in the Company’s auditors, ending its engagement of HJ Associates & Consultants, LLP (“HJA”) and appointing Tanner LLC (“Tanner”) as its new independent registered public accounting firm.
In its report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Company stated: “The reports of HJA on the Company’s financial statements for the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010 did not contain an adverse opinion or disclaimer of opinion and were not modified as to uncertainty, audit scope, or accounting principles, except the reports did contain an explanatory paragraph related to an assessment of the Company’s ability to continue as a going concern.
During the years ended December 31, 2011 and 2010, and the subsequent period through December 3, 2012, there were (i) no disagreements with HJA on any matter of accounting principles or practices, financial statement disclosure, or auditing scope or procedure, which disagreements, if not resolved to the satisfaction of HJA would have caused HJA to make reference to the subject matter of the disagreements in connection with its report, and (ii) no “reportable events” as that term is defined in Item 304(a)(1)(v) of Regulation S-K.”
Tommy Auger, Medizone’s Chief Financial Officer, commented on the change, “HJA has served as our Company’s independent audit firm for over 10 years. We have appreciated their professionalism and Medizone has been satisfied with the service they have provided to us over that period of time”.
Mr. Auger continued, “We believe that engaging Tanner at this time better positions us as we move deeper into distribution and the need to address complex international tax issues. Kent Bowman, the engagement partner for Tanner, was the managing partner of Arthur Andersen LLP Salt Lake City office and an audit partner for KPMG LLP for over 20 years before moving to Tanner. Tanner employs a talented team of seasoned professionals versed not only in interacting with the SEC, but knowledgeable as well in assisting with international tax law.”