2012 Standards Exposure

The IIA put several changes to the Standards on exposure until May 20, 2012

The International Internal Audit Standards Board (IIASB) of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) recently conducted a comprehensive review of the International Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing (Standards) and is proposing changes to some of the Standards. The proposed changes result from IIASB deliberations over the past two years. The changes reflect consideration of input the IIASB has received from internal auditors and stakeholders, as well as global surveys and other research focused on the Standards.

Exposure Period
Part of the established process includes the exposure of the proposed changes to the Standards to stakeholders of the profession to ensure that the modifications are clear, understandable, and consistent with the practice of internal auditing. The proposed revised Standards will have a 90-day exposure period from February 20, 2012, to May 20, 2012.

Purpose for the Exposure
The proposed changes include the following topics:
  • Clarifying the responsibilities of internal auditors, the Chief Audit Executive (CAE) and the internal audit activity for conforming with the Standards.
  • Increasing focus on the Quality Assurance and Improvement Program requirements and clarifying ways in which conformance may be achieved.
  • Clarifying the CAE's role to communicate unacceptable risk.
  • Explicitly requiring timely adjustments to the internal audit plan for changes.
  • Increasing coverage of risks to the achievement of strategic objectives.
  • Adding more examples of functional reporting to the board.
  • The proposal also includes changing the glossary definitions of "overall opinion" and "engagement opinion," as well as changing the definitions of "risk" and "board."
A number of the proposed changes provide improvements in clarity of the wording of the Standards, not changes to the intent of the Standards themselves. The IIASB believes that the proposed changes will be beneficial.

How to Respond
To facilitate your response to this exposure draft, you will complete an online survey that guides you through each of the proposed changes to the Standards and glossary. The survey — which is available in English, French, German, Korean, Montenegrin, Portuguese and Spanish — will allow you to vote on whether you agree with the proposed additions or revisions and to provide additional comments.

For access to the exposure instructions and online survey, visits: http://iiasurvey.theiia.org/flashsurvey/se.ashx?s=0B87D78414CB4F56.
Your input is vital to ensure that the IIASB has a complete view from our practitioners and stakeholders. After considering comments, the IIASB may modify the proposed changes before releasing the final revised Standards.

Thank you in advance for your time and for your continued support of the profession.

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