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IAASB Enhances Auditor’s Report Transparency on Independence to Reflect Revisions in the IESBA Code of Ethics

Oct 12, 2023 | New York, New York | English

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has released amendments aimed at bolstering transparency and providing auditors with a clear mechanism to action changes to the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants’ (IESBA) Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards). The IAASB amended International Standard on Auditing 700 (Revised), Forming an Opinion and Reporting on Financial Statements and ISA 260 (Revised), Communication with Those Charged with Governance.

The IESBA Code now requires firms to publicly disclose when a firm has applied the independence requirements for public interest entities in an audit of the financial statements of an entity. The IAASB’s amendments provide a clear and practical framework for implementing this new requirement through appropriate communication in the auditor’s report and with those charged with governance.

Throughout the development of these amendments, the IAASB maintained close collaboration and coordination with IESBA, striving to align key concepts in the IAASB’s and IESBA’s standards, to the greatest extent possible.

About the IAASB
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board develops auditing, assurance, related services, and quality management standards and guidance in the public interest that support consistent performance of quality engagements. Along with the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, the IAASB is part of the International Foundation for Ethics and Audit. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees IAASB and IESBA activities and the public interest responsiveness of the standards. For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please visit Permissions.