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Audit Policy Update

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Highlights

 
 
 
 

  • European Commission publishes a feedback statement on the public consultation on the Non-Financial Reporting Directive
  • Brexit and EU rules in the field of statutory audit
  • New IAASB Discussion Paper on Fraud and Going Concern and related information gathering Roundtables
  • UK: FRC publishes results of audit inspections
  • Netherlands: Big 4 audit firms moving in the right direction on quality improvement

 
 
 
 
 

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Audit Updates back after summer!

Dear readers,

I hope you have had a relaxing summer holiday and I am delighted to welcome you to read our first edition of Audit Updates after the break!

We have continued monitoring developments related to audit throughout the summer. This edition of the Audit Updates therefore covers not only the latest news but also any key audit developments that occurred in the summer months.

Kind regards,

Júlia

 
 
 
 
 

EU Developments

 
 
 
 

European Commission publishes a feedback statement on the public consultation on the Non-Financial Reporting Directive

The European Commission (EC) published a feedback statement summarising 588 responses received to the public consultation on the revision of the Non-Financial Reporting Directive (NFRD).

At large, the analysis shows that there is a strong support towards:

  • a requirement to use a common non-financial reporting standard which would resolve issues of data reliability, comparability, and relevance (support by 82% of respondents)
  • strengthening the audit requirements for non-financial information – users would like to have mandatory reasonable assurance, while preparers prefer limited assurance
  • expanding the scope of the NFRD
  • disclosure of materiality assessment process by companies
  • simplified standards for SMEs to ease the administrative burden
  • digitalisation of non-financial information

The full report is available on the EC’s website here.

Brexit and EU rules in the field of statutory audit

The European Commission (EC) published a notice to stakeholders describing the effects of Brexit on the field of statutory audit.

After the end of the transition period, set until 31 December 2020, the European Union (EU) rules in the field of statutory audit will no longer apply to the United Kingdom (UK). The document explains that this has consequences in particular in the following areas:

  • entitlement to carry out statutory audits in the EU
  • requirements for audit firms (voting rights, members of the administrative or management body)
  • registration of third-country auditors and audit entities
  • certain other aspects

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Important reminder: European Economic Area (EEA) auditors must register as a UK statutory auditor before 1 January 2021 if they are working in the UK and want to sign audit reports in the UK based on their EEA qualification. They can register with one of the UK’s Recognised Supervisory Bodies (RSB). The RSB will require an EEA auditor to sit an aptitude test. There is no need to register in the UK if already registered in the Republic of Ireland.

The above route will cease after the transition period finished (31 December 2020). As from 1 January 2021, EEA auditors will need to register in the UK as third country auditors which is subject to more demanding requirements.

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International Developments

 
 
 
 

The Monitoring Group publishes its recommendations to strengthen the international audit and ethics standard-setting system

In July, the Monitoring Group published its recommendations to strengthen the international audit-related standard-setting. The recommendations are organised in the following four categories:

  • accountability, public interest oversight and governance
  • purpose, structure and process of standard-setting
  • funding
  • transition

The recommendations cover, for example, policy for appointments to and the composition of the different Boards, responsibilities for standard-setting, source and management of funding, and timeline for implementation.

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New IAASB Discussion Paper on Fraud and Going Concern and related information gathering Roundtables

The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) has issued its latest Discussion Paper which focuses on fraud and going concern. The IAASB aims to gather stakeholders’ views on whether the International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) related to fraud and going concern need to be updated to reflect the rapidly evolving external reporting landscape, and, if so, in what areas. Stakeholders can submit their comments by 12 January 2021.

The IAASB also started information gathering activities related to the topic of fraud and going concern. As part of these, a series of roundtables have been scheduled.

The first one on ‘Fraud in Digital Age’ was held on 2 September 2020. The next will be on 28 September 2020 to explore the ‘Expectation Gap’ related to fraud and going concern in the current environment. Accountancy Europe will participate to the third and last roundtable, scheduled for 7 October, where ‘Unique Aspects of Fraud in Audits of Less Complex Entities’ will be discussed.

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National Developments

 
 
 
 

UK: FRC publishes results of audit inspections

In July, the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) released its latest audit inspection results.

The FRC’s Audit Quality Review (AQR) team reviewed 88 audits and concluded that two thirds of the audits were of a good standard or required limited improvement. The FRC’s Executive Director of Supervision, David Rule said that although firms have made some improvements and they observed instances of good practice, further progress is required.

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Netherlands: Big 4 audit firms moving in the right direction on quality improvement

The Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets (AFM) published in July the results of the latest assessment on preconditions for the quality of statutory audit.

The report concludes that the Big 4 audit firms are moving in the right direction. According to AFM, the Big 4 firms are focusing on quality improvement and a quality-oriented culture but that quality safeguards still need to be strengthened.

New assessment focusing on achieved quality improvement will begin in 2020.

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This curated content was brought to you by Júlia Bodnárová, Accountancy Europe Senior Advisor since 2017. You can send her tips by email and connect with her on LinkedIn.

 
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