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IAASB's Annual Report Highlights Focus on Clarity, Quality and Relevance
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) today released its 2010 annual report. The report highlights the IAASB’s ongoing work to promote the adoption and implementation of its clarified International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), and the issuance of a number of proposals in areas where there is demand for new and innovative assurance and related services other than audits of financial statements.
“A number of projects underway are addressing issues that are at the forefront of our stakeholders’ minds, and our efforts can be best summarized as a pursuit of three goals: clarity, quality, and relevance,” said IAASB Chairman Prof. Arnold Schilder. “Developing assurance standards in new areas has taught us that wide consultation becomes even more critical to ensure the public interest is being met.” Accordingly, the annual report details the extensive outreach and liaison activities undertaken during 2010 with key groups, such as regulators and audit oversight bodies, national auditing standard setters, accounting standard setters, governments and public sector organizations, and accounting firms.
Noted James Gunn, IAASB Technical Director, “The IAASB’s debates on its 2010 standard-setting proposals are likely to evolve during 2011 as stakeholder responses are received. We hope that the new interactive format of the 2010 annual report allows those interested in the IAASB’s work to more easily stay abreast of developments in our initiatives.” The annual report also catalogues the tools and resources that have been developed to support the clarified ISAs and makes reference to the ongoing consultation on the IAASB’s work program for 2012–2014.
A report from Linda de Beer, the newly appointed chairman of the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group (CAG), describes the work of the CAG in providing input to the IAASB. The IAASB also continues to receive oversight from the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB).
The 2010 IAASB annual report can be downloaded from www.ifac.org/IAASB/About.php.
About the IAASB
The IAASB (www.iaasb.org) develops auditing and assurance standards and guidance for use by all professional accountants under a shared standard-setting process involving the PIOB, which oversees the activities of the IAASB, and the IAASB CAG, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAASB are facilitated by IFAC.
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 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.