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Audit & Assurance Faculty

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.

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Audit and Beyond

Technical updates

Webinar recordings

Future events and webinars

Effective file review

Explore the common issue of recording the Audit review process effectively.

Auditing estimates and related disclosures

ISA 540 (Revised) Auditing accounting estimates and related disclosures is effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after 15 December 2019. The revised standard is relevant for all estimates in all audits and introduces a number of key enhancements that auditors will need to get to grips with.

Technical releases

TECH 02-16 AAF – Revised – Reporting to regulators on Regulatory Accounts

Guidance which aims to promote consistency in the practices adopted in respect of regulatory reporting by independent accountants, taking into consideration the requirements of regulators. Issued in 2016 and updated in June 2019, it replaces ICAEW Technical Release Audit 05/03 Reporting to regulators of regulated entities.

Latest guidance and publications

How to audit the cloud

Cloud computing is transforming business IT services, but it also poses significant risks that need to be planned for. This practical guide for internal audits outlines how they should assess risk management.

Auditing estimates

Access resources on auditing accounting estimates to help you understand your responsibilities and deal with practical challenges. You’ll find information to help you to prepare for changes in requirements, in the light of IAASB’s revision of ISA 540.

Assurance mapping

Assurance maps can be a powerful tool providing great insights for boards, senior management and audit committees. Here the Audit and Assurance Faculty explores the concept of assurance maps and the benefits to various stakeholders.

Scepticism: the practitioners' take

Professional scepticism is central to the work of auditors and yet audit regulators and others continue to express concerns that auditors are not sufficiently sceptical. This report explores what auditors and other stakeholders think about how it can be enhanced and who is responsible for it.

Implementing ISAs (UK)

Communication with those charged with governance in an ISA (UK) audit

This guide outlines the requirements on communicating with those charged with governance in an ISA audit. The guide answers common questions from auditors on meeting these requirements, including: how to apply them to smaller entities and how to decide which deficiencies are significant. This guidance is particularly important for auditors applying ISA 260 (Revised) and ISA 265.

Addressing the risk of management override in an ISA (UK) audit

The term “management override” refers to the ability of management and/or those charged with governance to manipulate accounting records and prepare fraudulent financial statements by overriding these controls, even where the controls might otherwise appear to be operating effectively. This guide looks at how auditors assess the risk of management override and their response to it.

Audit and assurance representations

Thought leadership

Audit Quality Forum (AQF)

Since it was established in 2004, Audit Quality Forum (AQF) has encouraged open and constructive debate amongst stakeholders about how to improve audit. Find out more about the AQF’s legacy and the wealth of material produced by the AQF with the support of BEIS, ICAEW and the FRC

Audit insights

Auditors bringing their knowledge of market sectors and business issues for the benefit of wider stakeholders, and alerting practitioners to some of the issues they should consider when planning their audits.

AuditFutures

ICAEW's AuditFutures initiative engages important stakeholders in a positive debate about the evolving role of audit in society. Our goal is to develop new thinking, to inspire innovation in audit and to ensure the profession is best placed to meet key public interest commitments and obligations.

The future of audit

As discussions about the future of audit continue to evolve, the Audit and Assurance Faculty intends to influence the debate through a series of succinct, high-level thought leadership essays that consider a range of issues directly or indirectly relevant to the debate.