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IFAC Guide to Review Engagements


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Andreas Noodt, Member, IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee speaks at FEE & ICAEW Event on February 19, 2014 about the SMP Commitee's Guide to Review Engagements. The Guide, published in December 2013, aims to provide implementation support for practitioners in conducting review engagements in compliance with International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised).

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IFAC Guide to Review Engagements

  1. 1. IFAC Guide to Review Engagements Andreas Noodt Member, IFAC Small and Medium Practices Committee FEE & ICAEW Event February 19, 2014 Page 1 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  2. 2. IFAC SMP Committee - Overview • To represent interests of small- and medium-sized practices (SMPs) • Comprised of 18 members from 17 countries • Regular input to policy, regulation and international standards – IAASB on key projects • Develops tools and guidance – Guide to Review Engagements • Promotes the visibility and recognition of SMPs • IFAC Global Knowledge Gateway Page 2 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  3. 3. Guide to Review Engagements • International Standard on Review Engagements (ISRE) 2400 (Revised) • Guide to Review Engagements at Page 3 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  4. 4. Uses of Review Engagements Uses Commentary Increased Credibility Independent credibility to the F/S—attract new investors, obtain finance. Enhanced Confidence Provides accountability & confidence to shareholders, management, partners, government agencies and regulators, and other stakeholders. Enables the business to plan for the future—prepares Plan for Success growing business for transition to audit or preparing to sell. Page 4 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  5. 5. Benefits of Review Engagements SME Benefits Alternative to Audit Commentary Audit exemptions for small- and medium-sized entities (SMEs) are becoming more prevalent. Less time consuming for client. Lower Cost A review engagement is normally a lower cost for an entity than an audit. Limited Assurance Limited assurance obtained on the F/S as apposed to no assurance with a compilation. Page 5 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  6. 6. Benefits of Review Engagements SMP Benefits Commentary Bespoke Advice Add value to the client and provide a basis for bespoke advice Opportunities— Additional Service Ensure the client is aware of how and when a review engagement can be used Adds touch-points with the client Opportunities for cross-selling Flexibility with Consistency Consists primarily of inquiry and analytical procedures, allowing practitioners to tailor procedures based on their professional judgment and experience Page 6 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  7. 7. Benefits of the Guide to Review Engagements Guide Benefits Commentary Extracts from the Direct extracts from ISRE 2400 (Revised) Standard Tailored Examples Illustrated examples and Consider Points, including efficiency suggestions Full Appendix Checklists, Letters and Forms for adaption Staff Training Day-to-day reference tool for staff—can be used for training Ensure SMP staff develop a consistent approach Page 7 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  8. 8. The Four Elements Accepting Planning Performing Reporting Page 8 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  9. 9. Some Highlights in the Guide from the Practitioner’s Point of View Page 9 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  10. 10. Some Highlights in the Guide from the Practitioner’s Point of View Page 10 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  11. 11. Some Highlights in the Guide from the Practitioner’s Point of View Emphasis on Professional Judgment Limitation of Checklists to a Minimum Tailoring of Checklists Page 11 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  12. 12. Some Highlights in the Guide from the Practitioner’s Point of View Example of Additional Procedures Page 12 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  13. 13. Some Highlights in the Guide from the Practitioner’s Point of View Example of Documentation Page 13 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  14. 14. IFAC Resources—Review Engagements • IFAC SMP Committee: – Article—Review Engagements for SMEs: Limited Assurance, Numerous Benefits – Article—The Standard for Limited Assurance Review Engagements – Follow us on Twitter: IFAC_SMP – IFAC SMP Quick Poll – Subscribe: IFAC SMP eNews – Join us on LinkedIn: IFAC SMP Community • IAASB: – ISRE 2400 (Revised), Engagements to Review Historical Financial Statements Page 14 | Confidential and Proprietary Information
  15. 15. Thank You Page 15 | Confidential and Proprietary Information