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IAASB and IESBA increase collaboration with National Standards Setters

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  • IESBA (International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants) (lt gray) Image

Jun 20, 2019

On June 20, 2019, the In­ter­na­tional Au­dit­ing and As­sur­ance Stan­dards Board (IAASB) and the In­ter­na­tional Ethics Stan­dards Board for Ac­coun­tants (IESBA) shared a brief update on their latest initiative to support global standard setting and to better leverage the coordination opportunities between their two boards.

With global regulatory fragmentation risk on the rise, and greater international collaboration on the forthcoming G20 agenda, they announced that, in May 2019, they convened a meeting in Paris with national audit and ethics standard-setting organizations representing 17 jurisdictions.

The IAASB and IESBA dubbed this four-way dialogue (IAASB + IESBA + national audit & assurance + ethics standards setters) a “quadrilogue”.

The discussions marked the beginning of an exploratory and evolutionary process for the IAASB and IESBA to work with national standard setters, and for national standard setters to work with each other, to consider new ideas in pursuit of mutually shared objectives.

The meeting advanced already-significant IAASB and IESBA coordination efforts, which acknowledge the importance of audit and ethics standards to audit quality. The meeting facilitated further collaboration between a number of national audit & assurance standard setters and the IAASB, as well as identifying ways national standard setters can work more effectively together in the interests of international standard setting.

Some important themes emerged from the “quadrilogue”:

  • the value of continued IAASB and IESBA coordination, the significant advances made to-date, and how it serves as a catalyst for national coordination;
  • the importance of early coordination between our two boards, and increased stakeholder communications about it;
  • recognition that it is important to identify the areas where four-way engagement makes most sense; and
  • quality management within accountancy firms, implications of technology developments, stakeholder engagement, and enhanced implementations activities are possible topics for further exploration.

Re­view the announcement on the IAASB’s web­site.

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