IAASB Seeks Public Comment on Exposure Draft on Agreed-Upon Procedures

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Nov 15, 2018

On November 15, 2018, the International Au­dit­ing and As­sur­ance Stan­dards Board (IAASB) issued for public comment an Exposure Draft of proposed ISRS 4400 (Revised), Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements. Comments are requested by March 15, 2019.

The IAASB notes that the demand for Agreed-upon procedures (AUP) engagements continues to grow across jurisdictions. Changes in regulation, such as the increase in audit exemption thresholds in many jurisdictions, have also driven increased demand for AUP engagements. This is especially relevant for smaller entities, as the increased audit exemption thresholds prompt stakeholders to look for alternative services to an audit.

To ensure that the IAASB’s standard on AUP engagements remains relevant in the current business environment, the IAASB proposes to enhance key concepts in the standard, including: (i) the role of professional judgment in an AUP engagement; (ii) disclosures relating to the practitioner’s independence or lack thereof; (iii) guidance on appropriate or inappropriate terminology to describe procedures and findings in AUP reports; (iv) the use of a practitioner’s expert in an AUP engagement; and (v) restrictions on the distribution and use of the AUP report.

In developing proposed ISRS 4400 (Revised), the IAASB has received significant stakeholder input, including feedback from its November 2016 Discussion Paper, Exploring the Demand for Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements and Other Services, and targeted continuing stakeholder outreach.

For further details, please refer to the press release and a copy of the Exposure Draft on the IAASB”s website.

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