IAASB Issues New Assurance Standard on Controls at Service Organizations

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    IAASB Issues New Assurance Standard on Controls at Service Organizations

    Recognizing the widespread international use of outsourcing, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has released today International Standard on Assurance Engagements (ISAE) 3402, Assurance Reports on Controls at a Service Organization. This new standard addresses reports on the description, design, and operating effectiveness of controls relating to the broad range of services that today's service organizations provide. Such services can range from assisting with processing transactions to performing one or more business functions.

    "A single service provided by a service organization can have direct relevance to the quality of financial reports prepared by entities around the globe. Effective controls for delivering the service are therefore essential," says Arnold Schilder, IAASB Chair, adding, "This new standard sets a global benchmark for reporting on controls at a service organization, thereby helping to fulfill the needs of those who use such services and their auditors under International Standards on Auditing (ISAs)."

    "ISAE 3402 is the first new assurance standard, other than the ISAs, developed under the IAASB's International Framework for Assurance Engagements," explains James Gunn, IAASB Technical Director. "Therefore, the IAASB will be interested in the experiences of service auditors and others with its implementation and has decided to actively seek feedback in 2013 on implementation of the standard," Mr. Gunn adds.

    ISAE 3402 is effective for service auditors' reports covering periods ending on or after June 15, 2011. An overview of this new standard is available in the IAASB section of the new Publications and Resources site.

    About the IAASB and IFAC
    The IAASB (www.ifac.org/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.

    IFAC (www.ifac.org) 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 159 members and associates in 124 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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