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IFAC Publishes Quality Control Implementation Guide for SMPs
To further help small and medium practices (SMPs) in the implementation of international standards, IFAC has published a Guide to Quality Control for Use by Small- and Medium-sized Practices. This non-authoritative implementation guide is intended to help SMPs understand and efficiently apply International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) 1, Quality Control for Firms that Perform Audits and Reviews of Financial Statements, and Other Assurance and Related Services, as redrafted under the IAASB's Clarity Project* (http://web.ifac.org/clarity-center/index).
Developed by CGA-Canada for IFAC's Small and Medium Practices (SMP) Committee, the guide uses an integrated case study to illustrate how to implement the requirements of ISQC 1, and includes two sample firm policy manuals and key checklists and forms. It can be downloaded from IFAC's online bookstore at www.ifac.org/Store/. A Microsoft Word version is available to allow for translation and adaptation by institutes and small firms.
Sylvie Voghel, SMP Committee Chair, remarked, "the guide will help SMPs provide high-quality services to their clients and contribute to improving audit quality."
In December 2007, the committee published IFAC's first implementation guide, the Guide to International Standards on Auditing for Use in the Audits of Small- and Medium-sized Entities (ISA Guide). Last year, this was IFAC's second most popular publication and has been translated into over 10 languages. An updated version, to support the redrafted ISAs and accommodate feedback from users of the current edition, is scheduled for release in December 2009.
These guides form part of the SMP Committee's strategy to provide comprehensive practical support for SMPs, in the form of implementation materials and web-based resources. For more information, visit the International Center for SMPs at www.ifac.org/SMP/, read the committee's strategy, and keep updated by signing up for the free quarterly SMP eNews.
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. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 122 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high-quality performance by professional accountants in business and those working in small and medium practices.