IRBA, IESBA and IAASB jointly issue staff Guidance on Navigating the Heightened Risks of Fraud and Other Illicit Activities during the Covid-19 Pandemic

December 16, 2020

Published: IESBA

CPA Canada and IESBA Issue Complementary Staff Guidance on the Evolving Risks for Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Cybercrime

Earlier today, the Staff of the South African Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors, (IRBA) the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) jointly released the publication, Navigating the Heightened Risks of Fraud and Other Illicit Activities During the COVID-19 Pandemic, including Considerations for Auditing Financial Statements.

The publication highlights the heightened risks of fraud arising from the disruptive and uncertain COVID-19 environment and the implications for professional accountants in business, including accountants in government, and professional accountants in public practice, including auditors.

Concurrently, the Staff of Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and IESBA jointly released a Staff Alert, COVID-19 and Evolving Risks for Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Cybercrime. This document highlights the heightened risks of money laundering, terrorist financing and cybercrime in the COVID-19 environment. It describes the implications for both professional accountants in business and public practice.

The documents were developed by the IRBA and CPA Canada Staff under the auspices of a Working Group formed by the IESBA and national ethics standard setters (NSS) from Australia, Canada, China, South Africa, the UK, and the US. Chaired by Mr. Richard Fleck, IESBA Deputy Chair, the Working Group’s mandate is to develop implementation support resources to assist accountants effectively apply the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) when facing circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The publications benefited from input from IESBA and IAASB Staff.


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