IAASB Seeks Feedback on Standard-setting Activities to Enhance Audit Quality

Consultation Focuses on Three Key Areas: Professional Skepticism, Quality Control, and Group Audits

Dec 17, 2015 | New York, New York | English

Audit quality is at the heart of the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board® (IAASB®)’s work as the global auditing standard setter. Therefore, the IAASB today released its Invitation to Comment, Enhancing Audit Quality in the Public Interest: A Focus on Professional Skepticism, Quality Control and Group Audits (the ITC). This ITC highlights the board’s discussions in these three topic areas and indicates potential standard-setting activities that could enhance audit quality.

“We are committed to having a strong impact on audit quality—particularly as the environment in which audits are conducted evolves and becomes more complex,” stated Prof. Arnold Schilder, IAASB Chairman. “We believe that global use of the International Standards on Auditing™ is a fundamental part of this objective. In addition, we acknowledge the importance of continuing to strengthen the standards and being responsive to ongoing concerns about audit quality. It is essential that the standards reinforce the need for auditors to continue to be critical challengers, within a system of rigorous quality management.”

The IAASB released a companion document, Overview of the ITC, which summarizes the key areas the IAASB is exploring and the direction it may take.

“Responses to this consultation will guide the board’s work over the next few years, so it is essential that we hear from all stakeholder groups about where we should focus,” explained Kathleen Healy, IAASB Technical Director. “The Overview document, in particular, is designed to solicit feedback from and improve collaboration with investors, audit committees, and preparers. Other stakeholders may also find the Overview useful as a discussion and outreach document as they develop their comments.”

The IAASB’s Framework for Audit Quality, issued in 2014, explains the important role of auditors and their firms—as well as other stakeholders—in audit quality, and the contextual factors that affect it. It is an important reference document for this consultation.

How to Comment
The IAASB invites all stakeholders to respond to either the ITC or the Overview, each of which includes specific questions for respondents. To access the ITC and Overview and submit a comment, visit the IAASB’s website at www.iaasb.org.

The comment period for both publications is open through May 16, 2016.

The IAASB intends to supplement these public consultations with outreach events in 2016. In the upcoming weeks, additional tools and publications will be released on the IAASB’s website to assist stakeholders in understanding how the ITC and Overview are relevant to them and to facilitate responses. To be notified of these events and tools, please subscribe to the IAASB eNews.

About the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board
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 the International Federation of Accountants (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 more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.8 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.



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