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Independent Standard-Setting Boards
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board sets high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and quality control that strengthen public confidence in the global profession.
The International Accounting Education Standards Board establishes standards, in the area of professional accounting education, that prescribe technical competence and professional skills, values, ethics, and attitudes.
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants sets high-quality, internationally appropriate ethics standards for professional accountants, including auditor independence requirements.
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board develops standards, guidance, and resources for use by public sector entities around the world for preparation of general purpose financial statements.
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Audit & Assurance
Accounting firms offer a wide range of professional services to their clients, including audit, review, other assurance, and related services. These services are regulated, with many jurisdictions requiring compliance with international standards or national requirements that have been based on international ones. High-quality international standards increase the comparability, consistency, clarity, credibility, and transparency of financial information. And, high-quality financial information, in turn, increases the stability of the global financial infrastructure. Read More
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This guide aims to help professional accountants in practice, especially those operating in small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs), in conducting review engagements in compliance with International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised), Engagements to Review Historical Financial Statements.
This comprehensive implementation guide is intended to help practitioners understand and efficiently apply the clarified International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) to audits of small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs).
This third edition of the guide features enhancements to the two sample manuals, as well as other refinements for clarity and consistency with International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) 1.
Improving Audit Quality Using Root Cause Analysis
November 17, 2016 - Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
With external audits under unprecedented levels of scrutiny, root cause analysis (RCA) can be a useful tool for those tasked with improving audit quality. The Audit and Assurance Faculty has published this practical paper for its members outlining what RCA is and what auditors need to consider to make the most of this useful tool.
CAQ Alert: Select Auditing Considerations for the 2016 Audit Cycle
October 5, 2016 - Center for Audit Quality
This identifies and discusses some of the more judgmental or complex audit areas for the upcoming audit cycle, including some of those identified by the PCAOB through its inspection process and published in recent PCAOB Staff Inspection Briefs.
Excited about a Career in Public Company Auditing?
September 7, 2016 - Discover Audit
New resources from The CAQ at Discover Audit to share with students that are interested in pursuing a career in audit.
This publication has been developed to help practitioners understand and effectively implement the new auditing standard; ASA/ISA (NZ) 701 Communicating Key Audit Matters in the Independent Auditor’s Report.