2018 was a landmark year after a series of high-profile corporate failures drew intense public and political scrutiny of the audit sector, with the collapse of Carillion a watershed moment for the profession. Find more information on ICAEW’s contribution to the public debate and engagement with politicians, policymakers and academics on reforming the audit market.
ICAEW’s audit-related Brexit Guidance is intended to help auditors of SMEs deal with current Brexit-related uncertainties associated with a potential no-deal exit as they affect 31 December 2018 and 31 March 2019 audits.
Find out more about the Audit and Assurance Faculty and upcoming events. Faculty members can access exclusive content, including technical updates, guidance, publications, webinars and representations.
Helpsheets prepared by ICAEW technical specialists to assist you in your day-to-day work. We offer practical advice, respond to frequently asked questions and highlight the issues you may need to consider.
Guidance on the exemption requirements for reporting periods beginning on and after 1 January 2016.
Access practical resources on client acceptance, auditor appointment and agreeing engagement terms to help understand auditors’ responsibilities and the requirements of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), in particular, ISA 210. These resources include practical support to help auditors deal with the challenges that may arise.
Access practical resources on planning an audit, risk assessment and internal controls to help understand auditors’ responsibilities and the requirements of International Standards on Auditing (ISAs), in particular, ISA 315. These resources include practical support to help auditors deal with the challenges that may arise.
Quality Control in the audit environment is an important area of focus for audit practitioners. This section provides guidance to firms on international quality control standards for auditors, including International Standard on Quality Control 1 (ISQC 1) and includes our paper on improving audit quality using root cause analysis (RCA). It also picks up international developments, including the IAASB audit quality project.
Assurance is a general term for the comfort that can be derived from credible information. Find out more on: what assurance means, what can trigger the need for assurance, what an assurance engagement is and what assurance mapping is.
Information on the variety of assurance options open to organisations - from those exempt from mandatory audit requirements to those seeking assurance on non-financial business information.
Practical guidance for practitioners and their clients on the how assurance engagements are planned, undertaken and reported. Resources include overviews of the typical stages that make up an engagement and what is involved at each stage.
A comprehensive list of standards and guidance covering external assurance engagements. Find out which standards apply for engagements by subject area, as well as information on individual standards and the practical application of guidance to assurance engagements.
Cloud computing is transforming business IT services, increasing its operational efficiencies and reducing its costs. But the use of cloud computing services also poses significant risks that need to be planned for by audit committees, boards and management if they are to be handled effectively.
Guidance for internal auditors on providing assurance over robotic process automation (RPA). The ICAEW’s Internal Audit Panel outline the key risks for organisations in implementing RPA and how internal audit can mitigate these risks. ICAEW members can download more detailed guidance.
This practical guide outlines the eight steps to follow to conduct a successful internal audit of culture.
Effective analysis of data must lie at the heart of internal audits if they are to remain relevant to stakeholders. To make this happen strong governance frameworks are needed on data analytics, covering four key areas: quality, talent, independence and security.
Regulation and working in audit
Firms working in the regulated area of audit are required to comply with the audit regulations and guidance.
ICAEW is now responsible for the licensing, registering and monitoring of auditors who wish to carry out audits of local public bodies. This page explains what accountancy firms and individuals need to do to become a registered local auditor under the Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014.
To gain audit rights, you need to hold an audit qualification such as the ICAEW Audit Qualification.
Auditor Limited Liability Agreements (LLA) are contracts designed to ensure that auditors are not pursued for excessive losses, just a reasonable proportion based on their responsibility.
Find out what is licensed work and how your firm can become a licensed practice.
ICAEW has received an indication from the Irish audit authorities that they interpret the Audit Directive to mean that non-Irish resident accountancy firms currently on the Irish Audit register, are unlikely to retain automatic audit rights in Ireland after 29 March 2019 in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Your firm will be directly affected by this.