AFRC reminds auditors of the importance of audit documentation integrity

May 29, 2024

The Accounting and Financial Reporting Council (AFRC) publishes an article titled The Importance of Audit Documentation Integrity. It aims to remind auditors of the key standards relating to audit documentation integrity and to emphasize the importance of improving audit quality through the development of an effective system of audit documentation policies, procedures, and controls.

Audit documentation is the primary means by which auditors demonstrate their compliance with auditing standards. High-quality audit documentation plays a vital dual role in enhancing audit quality and reducing the risk of non-compliance with standards. Failing to archive audit documentation on a timely basis, and improper alteration of audit documentation after archiving are breaches of the Hong Kong Standards on Auditing (HKSAs) and Hong Kong Quality Management Standards (HKSQMs) and are misconduct under the Accounting and Financial Reporting Council Ordinance (AFRCO).

The AFRC is concerned with the increasing trend of our previous inspection findings relating to the lack of audit documentation integrity which includes insufficient controls to avoid unauthorized alteration, loss of archived audit documentation and improper alteration of audit documentation after it was selected by the AFRC for inspection.

The AFRC urges audit firms to establish an effective system of policies, procedures, and controls to safeguard audit documentation integrity, prevent misconduct and promote a quality-focused culture.

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