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IAASB Addresses Compilation Engagements; Exposes Enhanced Standard

Oct 28, 2010 | New York | English

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) today released for public exposure proposed International Standard on Related Services (ISRS) 4410, Compilation Engagements.

The proposed standard is the first step in the IAASB’S work to create robust standards for services that can be used by entities that are either not required or do not elect to be audited to meet their business reporting needs. Through a compilation engagement, practitioners can provide significant benefit by applying their expertise in accounting and financial reporting. This expertise is applied to assist the management of an entity in preparing and presenting historical financial information for use by the entity’s internal or external stakeholders.

“Regulations affecting financial reporting by small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) continue to evolve, highlighting the critical need for standards that support quality services to meet the needs of those entities and their stakeholders,” said Prof. Arnold Schilder, IAASB Chairman. “Through the proposed ISRS 4410, as well as additional planned standards, the IAASB aims to address the growing international need for standards that support a range of services other than audit.”

“The proposed ISRS 4410 will help practitioners around the world converge on the use of a globally accepted benchmark for performance of compilation engagements,” noted IAASB Technical Director James Gunn. “Further, the ISRS will help promote development of practice in jurisdictions that currently do not have national standards in this area, and also provide clarity for users about what is delivered in a compilation engagement.”

How to Comment

The IAASB invites all stakeholders to comment on its proposals. To access the exposure draft or submit a comment, visit the IAASB’s website at Comments on the exposure draft are requested by March 31, 2011.

About the IAASB
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. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAASB are facilitated by IFAC.

About IFAC
IFAC ( 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. It is comprised of 159 members and associates in 124 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.