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IESBA Enhances International Code of Ethics; Proposes New Guidance for Professional Skepticism and Professional Judgment

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May 11, 2017

On May 11, 2017, the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) released for public comment the Exposure Draft, "Proposed Application Material Relating to Professional Skepticism and Professional Judgment".

The proposed guidance for the first time links key concepts in the IESBA Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code) and clarifies their application, namely:

  • how compliance with the fundamental principles in the Code supports professional skepticism by auditors and assurance practitioners for audit, review, and other assurance engagements; and
  • the importance of professional accountants obtaining a sufficient understanding of the facts and circumstances known to them when exercising professional judgment in applying the conceptual framework underpinning the Code.

Comments are requested by July 25, 2017.

Review the press release and Exposure Draft on the IESBA's website.

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