IESBA ED - Non-Assurance Services

  • Professional & Ethical

Proposed revisions to the non-assurance services provisions of the Code

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) has published for public comment an Exposure Draft Proposed Revisions to the Non-Assurance Services Provisions of the Code.

Among the key changes proposed to the non-assurance (NAS) provisions are:

  • A prohibition on providing NAS to an audit client that is a public interest entity if a self-review threat to independence will be created;
  • Further tightening of the circumstances in which materiality may be considered in determining the permissibility of a NAS;
  • Strengthened provisions regarding auditor communications with those charged with governance, including, for public interest entities, a requirement for NAS pre-approval by those charged with governance; and
  • Stricter requirements regarding the provision of some NAS, including certain tax and corporate finance advice.

The NAS exposure draft also includes enhanced guidance to assist firms in evaluating the level of threats to independence when providing NAS to audit clients.

If we have not identified any compelling reasons for modifications to the IESBA’s draft of planned revisions to the International Code, and the IESBA finalises the exposure drafts as they are, we will issue an equivalent amendment to Professional and Ethical Standard 1 with minimal changes only to reflect references, language and grammatical conventions used in New Zealand.

Consultation Document

Link to IESBA website

Commenting on the Proposals

The NZAuASB encourages you to read the Exposure Draft and accompanying explanatory memorandum, and to comment on the proposals.

Send your comments – both formal and informal – by 3 April 2020 to the NZAuASB using the secure upload form below.

Alternatively, you can submit your comments directly to the IAASB by 4 May 2020.

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  • We would appreciate receiving a copy of your comments in electronic form (preferably Microsoft Word format).  This helps us to more efficiently collate and analyse comments. Please also specify the exposure draft number and title in your electronic file. 

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