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New Standard for Audits of Less Complex Entities Issued by IAASB

Standalone Standard Is Proportionate, Tailored, Easier to Navigate

Dec 6, 2023 | New York, New York | English

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) today published the International Standard on Auditing for Audits of Financial Statements of Less Complex Entities, known as the ISA for LCE. The ISA for LCE is a standalone global auditing standard designed specifically for smaller and less complex businesses and organizations. Built on the foundation of the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), audits performed using this standard provide the same level of assurance for eligible audits: reasonable assurance. The standard is effective for audits beginning on or after December 15, 2025 for jurisdictions that adopt or permit its use.

“The ISA for LCE underscores the IAASB’s commitment to ensuring the credibility and reliability of financial reporting for entities of all sizes. By leveraging the International Standards on Auditing as our starting point, we are cultivating an environment where audits are performed in a globally consistent and high-quality way for the smallest entities. The IAASB’s actions seek to inspire greater confidence and contribute to the overall stability and trustworthiness of information in the external reporting ecosystem. We have also heard that this standard should provide an impetus for the evolution of auditing in developing economies,” said IAASB Chair Tom Seidenstein. “We now turn to each jurisdiction and their oversight authorities and regulators to decide whether to adopt the standard. We encourage practitioners and others to reach out to the authorities in their jurisdictions to advocate for the ISA for LCE’s adoption.”

Released alongside the ISA for LCE are a Basis for Conclusions, which details feedback from the public consultation period, a high-level fact sheet, and a frequently asked questions document. Additional materials to help jurisdictions navigate adoption will be issued in 2024, including supplementary guidance, a fact sheet on adoption, and a first-time implementation guide. All materials can be accessed on the IAASB website:

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