IAASB Releases New Tools To Support Clarity ISA Implementation

Oct 05, 2009 | New York | English

To promote awareness and understanding of the newly clarified1 International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) released today a series of "ISA Modules" focusing on some of the new and more significantly revised ISAs. Developed by IAASB staff, each of these modules combines short video presentations and accompanying slides that explain the key principles of, and major changes in, individual ISAs, including the implications for audits of small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs).

"Promoting the adoption and successful implementation of ISAs is one of the IAASB's most important goals. These new tools will help us to move closer to that goal by providing support to those responsible for adopting and implementing the clarified ISAs, trainers, and auditors in applying them in practice," explains Arnold Schilder, Chairman of the IAASB.

This new resource includes modules that provide an introduction to, and an overview of, the clarified ISAs, including ISA 200, Overall Objectives of the Independent Auditor and the Conduct of an Audit in Accordance with International Standards on Auditing, and audit documentation and SME audit considerations. Additional modules cover ISAs that address related parties, auditing accounting estimates, including fair value estimates, communication with those charged with governance, and communicating deficiencies in internal control.

"Now is the time to address the necessary aspects of implementation. This includes developing or updating training programs and considering audit methodology changes," emphasizes IAASB Technical Director James Gunn, adding, "Successful implementation of the clarified ISAs will depend on being well prepared when they come into effect."

The ISA Modules are available to download free of charge from the IAASB Clarity Center on the IFAC website (web.ifac.org/clarity-center/support-and-guidance). The IAASB encourages IFAC members, associates, regional accountancy bodies, and firms to use these materials and to promote their availability to their members and employees.  

About the IAASB and IFAC
The IAASB develops auditing and assurance standards and guidance for use by all professional accountants under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAASB and the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance.

IFAC (www.ifac.org) is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

1 The Clarity Project, completed by the IAASB in March 2009 resulted in the issuance of 36 ISAs and one International Standard on Quality Control in a new style that is easier to understand, translate, and implement. In some cases, other major revisions to the content were made as well. The new set of clarified ISAs goes into effect for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2009. In practical terms, this means that they will be effective for 2010 year end audits.


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