The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) releases for comment its Proposed Strategy and Work Program for 2012–2014. The Consultation Paper was developed with input from the IAASB’s April 2010 strategy survey and other consultation and outreach activities. It highlights issues facing the accounting profession and suggests priority activities for the IAASB during 2012–2014.
The IAASB is proposing to remain focused on three strategic areas:
* Developing and revising standards and pronouncements;
* Monitoring and facilitating adoption of those standards; and
* Responding to implementation concerns and improving the consistency of the standards’ practical application.
“An important consideration in setting the IAASB’s work program is determining an appropriate balance between ensuring that the clarified International Standards on Auditing are successfully implemented and kept up to date, while also supporting new and emerging assurance services and addressing the needs of small and medium entities and practices. Therefore, it will be essential for stakeholders to signal where they believe the IAASB’s time, in the public interest, should be spent,” notes Prof. Arnold Schilder, chairman of the IAASB.
A number of issues identified in the initial strategy consultation are already being addressed in the IAASB’s current work program. As outputs of its December meeting, the IAASB will be releasing a number of publications over the next several weeks, including: exposure drafts of proposed International Standard on Assurance Engagements 3410, Assurance on Greenhouse Gas Statements and revised International Standard on Review Engagements 2400, Engagements to Review Historical Financial Statements; a Discussion Paper entitled The Evolving Nature of Financial Reporting: Disclosure and Its Audit Implications; and a publication entitled Audit Quality: An IAASB Perspective to stimulate further thought and discussion on the topic among stakeholders.