Now Available: 2020 IAASB Handbook

Now Available: 2020 IAASB Handbook

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(New York, New York, September 14, 2021)

The IAASB has released the 2020 Handbook of International Quality Control, Auditing, Review, Other Assurance, and Related Services Pronouncements. The latest edition of the handbook includes:

  • ISA 540 (Revised), Auditing Accounting Estimates and Related Disclosures replacing ISA 540, Auditing Accounting Estimates, Including Fair Value Accounting Estimates, and Related Disclosures. The handbook also includes conforming and consequential amendments from ISA 540 to other standards, with the exception of International Auditing Practice Note 1000, which will be updated for changes to ISA 540 (Revised), and ISA 315 (Revised 2019) in the 2021 IAASB Handbook. ISA 540 (Revised) is effective for audits of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2019.
  • Changes for the conforming amendments arising from the restructured International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, issued by the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, have been made in Volume 1 and 2 of the 2020 IAASB Handbook.
  • The following standards, which are not yet effective, have been included in the back of Volume 1 and 2:
    • ISA 315 (Revised 2019), Identifying and Assessing the Risks of Material Misstatement
    • Conforming and Consequential Amendments to Other ISAs Arising from ISA 315 (Revised 2019)
    • International Standard on Quality Management (ISQM) 1, Quality Management for Firms that Perform Audits or Reviews of Financial Statements, or Other Assurance or Related Services Engagements
    • ISQM 2, Engagement Quality Reviews
    • ISA 220 (Revised), Quality Management for an Audit of Financial Statements
    • Conforming and Consequential Amendments to Other ISAs Arising from the Quality Management Projects
    • ISRS 4400 (Revised), Agreed-Upon Procedures Engagements

The handbooks can be downloaded from the IAASB website.

Coming Soon: New Online Platform for Digital Access

The first fully digital IAASB handbook will be available on a new web application, e-International Standards (eIS) soon. The platform is optimized for users through search functions, resources and references, and easy navigation. Follow the IAASB on Twitter and LinkedIn or register and subscribe via the IAASB website for launch details and announcements.

Reproducing and Translating the IAASB Handbook

To help adoption and implementation of the IAASB standards, stakeholders are invited to submit requests for permission to reproduce or translate the IAASB handbook online via the Online Permissions Requests or Inquiries system on the IFAC website.

Megan Hartman
Senior Manager, Communications
+1 212 286 9344

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