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Staff of National Auditing Standard Setters Issue Paper on the IAASB's Proposed Revision of Its Standard on Review Engagements
The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) today released a consultation paper Matters to Consider in a Revision of International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400, "Engagements to Review Financial Statements" developed by staff from the national auditing standard setters of New Zealand (Professional Standards Board), Canada (Auditing and Assurance Standards Board), and South Africa (Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors). It is expected that the responses to this paper will assist the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), an independent standard-setting board under the auspices of IFAC, in its consideration of a relevant and cost-effective assurance service that is an alternative to an audit for small- and medium-sized entities in particular.
The paper, commissioned by the IAASB, focuses on a number of significant matters relevant to a revision of ISRE 2400, including the nature and extent of the work a practitioner should perform in an engagement to review financial statements, and how the level of assurance obtained should best be communicated to users. It also raises numerous discussion points. In so doing, it helps to accelerate the IAASB’s work to revise ISRE 2400, a project that is included in the IAASB's Strategy and Work Program for 2009-2011.
"We are grateful for this collaborative effort on the part of auditing standard setters in South Africa, Canada, and New Zealand, and encourage practitioners, other national auditing standard setters, national professional accountancy bodies, end users of review services, and others with an interest in alternative assurance services, to review and respond to the issues discussed in this paper," emphasizes Jim Sylph, IFAC Executive Director, Professional Standards. "The preliminary input in response to this paper will help guide the Board’s work and enable it to address in a timely and efficient manner the needs of users, practitioners and other stakeholders for robust and appropriate standards," he adds.
How to Comment
Comments on the consultation paper are requested by December 15, 2008. The paper may be downloaded from the IFAC website at http://www.ifac.org/EDs. Comments on the consultation paper may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. They may also be faxed to James M. Sylph, IFAC Executive Director, Professional Standards, at +1-212-286-9570 or mailed to him at 545 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA. All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on the IFAC website
About the IAASB
The objective of the IAASB is to serve the public interest by setting high quality auditing and assurance standards and by facilitating the convergence of international and national standards, thereby enhancing the quality and uniformity of practice throughout the world and strengthening public confidence in the global auditing and assurance profession. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees the activities of the IAASB and, as one element of that oversight, establishes its due process and working procedures.
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. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. In addition to setting international auditing and assurance standards through the IAASB, IFAC, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets ethics, education, and public sector accounting standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.