IFAC has published a Guide to Quality Control for Small- and Medium-Sized Practices. This nonauthoritative implementation guide is intended to help SMPs understand and efficiently apply International Standard on Quality Control (ISQC) 1, Quality Control for Firms that Perform Audits and Reviews of Financial Statements, and Other Assurance and Related Services Engagements, as redrafted under the IAASB’s clarity project.
The guide uses an integrated case study to illustrate how to implement the requirements of ISQC 1, and includes two sample firm policy manuals and key checklists and forms. It can be downloaded for free at www.ifac.org/Store.
IFAC also released a study on national initiatives related to the financial reporting supply chain. Based on a survey of its member bodies, the new publication, Developments in the Financial Reporting Supply Chain: Results from a Global Study among IFAC Member Bodies, acknowledges that progress has been made, but also reports that greater attention needs to be given to corporate governance; financial reporting and, in particular, the adoption of suitable reporting standards for small and medium-size enterprises; financial auditing; and the usefulness of financial reports. The free report is available at tinyurl.com/cdgt66.