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As 2020 came to a close, the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board marked a major milestone for the global audit profession with its new suite of quality management standards. The standards raise the bar for quality management across the profession. The three new standards strengthen and modernize how audit firms approach quality management. They also mark an evolution from a traditional, more linear approach for quality control to an integrated quality management approach.

Understanding the changes within the quality management standards is important for audit firms, regulators and professional accountancy organizations (PAOs). For audit firms, the standards create an opportunity to improve how firms and engagement partners manage the quality of engagements performed, through a proactive, risk-based approach to quality management. For PAOs, the standards are an opportunity to champion audit quality by driving the necessary collaboration between key national stakeholders, as well as ensuring adoption status for IAASB standards is maintained. Transformation at the national level will involve extensive education and change management for firms, regulators and educators, among others.

Webinar Series Details

As part of its implementation support efforts, the IAASB is hosting a quality management webinar series on June 24, July 29, and August 5 and 18 on Zoom with livestreaming on YouTube. The webinars will be in English and will be available on YouTube following each session.

The webinars address multiple aspects of the IAASB’s International Standard on Quality Management 1, Quality Management for Firms that Perform Audits or Reviews of Financial Statements, or Other Assurance or Related Services Engagements, which is part of the suite of quality management standards.

  • Webinar One: All You Need to Know about the Firm’s Risk Assessment Process
  • Webinar Two: Resources: Expectations for Firms and Engagement Partners
    • Featuring IAASB members Josephine Jackson and Sue Almond and IAASB Deputy Director Natalie Klonaridis
    • Discussion will include the linkage between ISQM 1 and  International Standard on Auditing 220 (Revised), Quality Management for an Audit of Financial Statements
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  • Webinar Three: What’s New for Firms’ Monitoring and Remediation Processes
  • Webinar Four: Bringing it All Together: Exploring all the Components of a Quality Management System

 Looking for additional resources on the suite of quality management standards? Check out the IAASB’s dedicated web page:

 IFAC is committed to supporting our member organizations and the development, adoption, and implementation of high-quality international standards.

Megan Hartman

Megan Hartman is a principal on the Communications team. She joined the team in 2011 after working with a number of international organizations, primarily in the not-for-profit sector. Megan holds a master’s in integrated marketing communications from Northwestern University as well as a bachelor’s from George Washington University.

Natalie Klonaridis

Natalie Klonaridis is a former director at the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board. She joined the IAASB staff in 2016, and was involved in a number of key projects, in particular, firms’ systems of quality management (ISQM 1), audit evidence, and assurance on sustainability / ESG reporting. Ms. Klonaridis previously worked in Deloitte South Africa’s national office and has a number of years of practical audit experience at both large and small audit firms. Prior to moving to the IAASB, she participated in various audit and assurance working groups and committees of the national standard setter in South Africa and the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.