Firms working in the regulated area of audit are required to comply with the audit regulations and guidance. On this page, you'll find links to advice and guidance to help your firm remain compliant.
Revised Audit Regulations and Guidance came into effect on 6 April 2008, when the relevant sections of the Companies Act 2006 came into force. Periodically, changes are made to the regulations and we publish an updated version.
We conduct monitoring visits to firms registered for audit with ICAEW. Our monitoring visits contribute to ICAEW’s objective of maintaining the highest standards among our member firms.
During your visit, we will review and assess your firm’s procedures, processes and controls to make sure that audits comply with professional standards and your firm meets the requirements of the audit regulations.
All ICAEW registered auditors are included in the scope of our audit monitoring. Since April 2004, the Financial Reporting Council has been responsible for monitoring all fully listed and certain other public interest audits.
We monitor all other statutory audits conducted by ICAEW registered firms on a six-year cycle. Firms with listed clients are selected on a three-year cycle and we visit the largest audit firms every year.
Both the Financial Reporting Council and the monitoring team report their visit results and findings to ICAEW's Audit Registration Committee.
Usually, we carry out our audit visits separately from visits for Practice Assurance, DPB (Investment Business) and probate. However, in some cases, it's more practical to cover more than one area. Our booklet, Practice Assurance visits, gives more information on what to expect from visits covering areas other than audit.
The audit regulations require a registered auditor to be controlled in a certain way (see Chapter 2 of the Audit Regulations and Guidance).
If the registered auditor is a company, it's possible that persons other than the named shareholder may have interests in the company’s shares. This could mean that the company is no longer controlled in accordance with the audit regulations.
The directors therefore need the appropriate powers to call for information about interests in shares, and disenfranchise shares if necessary, so that the registered auditor would continue to be controlled in accordance with the audit regulations.
The following model articles have been drafted to help a firm include special provisions within its articles of association.
Although this mainly concerns corporate audit firms, we suggest that all firms that undertake audits of Irish entities read this note which draws attention to a few matters unique to the Irish jurisdiction.
The Audit regulations and guidance were updated in June 2012 to cover both Ireland and the UK as explained in Audit News 51. Most of the regulations are the same for both countries, but there are some minor differences. Regulations unique to Ireland or which do not apply in Ireland are set out in this schedule of changes.
For financial years starting on or after 6 April 2008, when an auditor ceases to hold an audit appointment, the successor auditor can look at the working papers of the predecessor auditor. For the avoidance of doubt, although this regulation places an obligation on the 'predecessor' auditor, the appointment referred to in the regulation and at the end of the related guidance is that of the 'successor' auditor. It is irrelevant when the predecessor was appointed. (Note, in the article in Audit News 45, about the implementation of audit regulation 3.09, the reference to 'an accounting period' in the penultimate sentence should be to 'a new appointment'.)
There is additional guidance for both predecessor and successor auditors on the provision of access to information (including example letters to use).