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(October 21, 2015)

The International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®), the global organization for the accountancy profession, today released an updated Companion Manual, which has been revised to include the recently launched Guide to Compilation Engagements. The Companion Manual provides member bodies and other professional accountancy organizations with guidance on how they can make the best use of four implementation guides produced by IFAC’s Small- and Medium-sized Practices (SMP) Committee: Guide to Quality Control for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices (QC Guide), Guide to Using International Standards on Auditing in the Audits of Small- and Medium-Sized Entities (ISA Guide), the Guide to Review Engagements, and the Guide to Compilation Engagements. This includes reproducing, adapting, translating, or incorporating the guides into continuing professional development (CPD) courses and/or training programs.

The Companion Manual also includes a new orientation PowerPoint slide deck on the Guide to Compilation Engagements to introduce users to the value and benefits of compilation engagements, key elements in the Guide, and highlights from a practitioner perspective. Member bodies may have access to the slides for use in training and CPD courses. Email permissions@ifac.org for access.

The four guides provide non-authoritative guidance on applying ISQC™ 1, ISA™, ISRE™ 2400 (Revised), and ISRS™ 4410 (Revised), developed exclusively by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board® (IAASB®), and are intended as a supplement to help practitioners apply the standards consistently and effectively when developing their quality control systems and performing audit, review, and compilation engagements for small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs). See the IAASB Handbook for access to the standards ISQC™ 1 ISA™, ISRE™ 2400 (Revised), and ISRS™ 4410 (Revised).

The Guides can be downloaded from the SMP area of the IFAC website.

Download the Companion Manual.

Jennifer DiClerico
Head of Communications

Prepared by IFAC's Communications Department. Contact communications@ifac.org for further information.
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