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How to respond to assurance needs on non-financial information

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Oct 05, 2017

On October 5, 2017, Accountancy Europe released a discussion paper on how professional accountants respond to the growing demand for assurance on non-financial information (NFI).

Stakeholders use NFI as an input to their decision making, but they want to know if this information can be trusted. External assurance can strengthen their confidence in the reliability of NFI.

Professional accountants are well-equipped to provide such assurance, as they employ their experience in financial reporting, their knowledge about assurance techniques, and are bound by professional standards.

This discussion paper sets out the context of NFI reporting and assurance, regarding market demand, regulation, and the role of the accountancy profession. Then it provides the 6 key steps for professional accountants to follow while conducting an assurance engagement on NFI. Each of the 6 steps contains ‘Items for discussion’.

Comments can be sent to Vita Ramanauskaité (vita@accountancyeurope.eu) by December 1, 2017.

Review the press release and the discussion paper on the Accountancy Europe's website.

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