Quality Management at Firm Level - ISQM 1


The objectives of this project are:

  • Enhancing the robustness of firm’s systems of quality control through various means, including:
    • Introducing a more proactive and tailored approach to managing quality.
    • Increasing firm leadership responsibilities and accountability, and improving firm governance.
    • More rigorous monitoring of systems of quality control and more effective remediation of deficiencies.
  • Modernizing the standard for an evolving and increasingly complex environment, including addressing the impact of technology, networks, and use of external service providers.
  • Improving the scalability of the standard.



Project Stages

Board Papers

September 2019 December 2019 March 2020 April 2020 June 2020

Board Minutes

September 2019 December 2019 March and April 2020

CAG Papers

September 2019 March 2020

CAG Minutes

September 2019


The Board discussed revisions to certain areas of proposed ISQM 1, including the firm’s risk assessment process, resources, relevant ethical requirements, monitoring and remediation, and the evaluation of the system of quality management. The Board also discussed external communications, in particular the firm’s communication with those charged with governance when performing an audit of financial statements of a listed entity.

The Board supported the proposals, and encouraged the ISQM 1 Task Force to further simplify the approach to human resources, in particular the application material explaining the firm and engagement team responsibilities in addressing the competence and capabilities of individuals assigned to the engagement team. The Board also provided varying comments on external communications, although was generally supportive of the direction proposed by the ISQM 1 Task Force.

The ISQM 1 Task Force will present a full draft of proposed ISQM 1 for IAASB approval via videoconference in September 2020.


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