Today, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) released the first installment in a three-part publication series to help small- and medium-sized practices implement the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board’s (IAASB) new quality management standards. The IAASB’s suite of quality management standards were issued in December 2020 and come into effect on December 15, 2022.
Installment One: It is time to get ready for the new quality management standards addresses the mindset change the new standards require and the shift in focus from quality control to quality management. It also includes developing a project implementation plan, an introduction to quality objectives, the risk assessment process, and assigning roles and responsibilities. Helpful meeting agenda templates practitioners can use with their colleagues are also included.
The three-part series will provide tips and guidance for practical implementation of the IAASB’s standards. Installment two will focus on developing a detailed implementation plan and installment three will address monitoring and remediation. Installment One joins IFAC’s collection of available resources that support quality management implementation, including webinars, articles and videos, as well as the IAASB first-time implementation guides, all of which are available at ifac.org/qualitymanagement.
IFAC acknowledges and appreciates feedback from IFAC’s Small and Medium Practices Advisory Group and Forum of Firms representatives in the development of the series.
IFAC 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 180 members and associates in 135 jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.