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IAASB Releases Call for Nominations for Its Data Analytics Project Advisory Panel

Nomination Deadline: October 15, 2016

Sep 1, 2016 | English

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) is currently seeking nominations for its newly created Data Analytics Project Advisory Panel (the “PAP”).

Background to the IAASB’s Work on Data Analytics

The IAASB established the Data Analytics Working Group (DAWG) to inform the Board as to how and when to respond to developments in technology, in particular data analytics, most effectively in the public interest. Since its inception in mid-2015, the DAWG has performed outreach with various stakeholders, including accounting firms, National Auditing Standard Setters (NSS), audit regulators and oversight authorities, International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) member bodies and representatives of the IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee. In September 2016, the IAASB released the DAWG’s Request for Input, Exploring the Growing Use of Technology in the Audit, with a Focus on Data Analytics, which provides insights into the opportunities and challenges with the use of data analytics in a financial statement audit and outlines the insights gained from the DAWG’s activities to date. The Request for Input is open for public comment through February 15, 2017, feedback from which will help the IAASB further consider its next steps.

Overview of Plans for a Project Advisory Panel (PAP)

A PAP provides the opportunity for the IAASB to further engage directly with subject matter experts and other interested parties on a particular topic. The objective of this PAP is to provide the IAASB’s DAWG and staff with additional expert insight on strategic and technical aspects related to using data analytics in a financial statement audit. The composition of the PAP is intended to provide the DAWG with perspectives from practitioners who have expertise in the area of data analytics, and others with a particular expertise or interest in data analytics more broadly. This may include, for example, financial statement preparers, users of financial statements, internal auditors, audit committee members, regulators, audit oversight authorities, academics, NSS, and IFAC member bodies.

How the PAP Will Contribute to the IAASB’s Work on Data Analytics

It is anticipated that the PAP would contribute to further informing the IAASB’s work on data analytics by:

  • Advising the DAWG (and other IAASB Task Forces and Working Groups as necessary) on the developments in the use of data analytics in the audit, thereby further informing the IAASB’s thinking and approach to its standard-setting activities in this area. For example, the PAP could provide input on matters relevant to how data analytics can be used in risk assessment, a matter being considered as part of the IAASB’s project to revise International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 315 (Revised), Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement through Understanding the Entity and Its Environment.
  • Serving as a technical resource to the IAASB and DAWG and providing an external perspective related to making use of data analytics in a financial statement audit.
  • Acting as a sounding board to the DAWG in its consideration of feedback from the Request for Input and when exploring the potential way forward, including the implications of various course of action and the timing in which those actions should be undertaken.
  • Providing input to the development of any guidance or materials the IAASB may determine is necessary.

As the role of the PAP is of an advisory nature, there is no need for consensus to be reached on issues, or for votes to be taken; however, input from all members will be considered by the DAWG.

Submitting Nominations

The membership of the PAP is likely to consist of between 15-20 individuals with diverse experiences from various geographic locations. The ideal candidates will have a background in technology or subject matter expertise in field of data analytics. Please submit a brief profile citing why you are interested in being a member of the PAP to by no later than October 15, 2016. The IAASB expects to inform those individuals who have been selected to be a member of the PAP by December 15, 2016.

The PAP will not hold physical meetings, but will conduct its discussions and information sharing via teleconferences or electronically. The PAP teleconferences will be convened and chaired by Bob Dohrer, IAASB member and Chair of the DAWG. At present, the PAP is anticipated to utilize quarterly teleconferences, although the frequency of the teleconferences may change as the IAASB’s Data Analytics initiative involves. In the future, the IAASB may decide to conduct seminars, roundtables, public forum, or other meetings with interested stakeholders to explore aspects of making use of data analytics in a financial statement audit. To the extent a PAP member is invited to one of these events, any travel, accommodation or other related costs are to be met by the member, the member’s employer, or other organization sponsoring the member.

For More Information

More information and updates on the project are available on the IAASB's project page.

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 CAG, 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).