California Board of Accountancy

The Document Assembly Period and Subsequent Changes in Audit Documentation

CALIFORNIA CODE OF REGULATIONS
TITLE 16. Professional and Vocational Regulations
DIVISION 1. Board of Accountancy Regulations

ARTICLE 9 - Rules of Professional Conduct

§ 68.4. The Document Assembly Period and Subsequent Changes in Audit Documentation.

(a) Audit documentation that is not completed prior to the date of issuance of the report shall be completed during the document assembly period specified in this subsection.
(1) The document assembly period is the 60-day period following the date of issuance of the report. If the report is not issued in connection with such an engagement, the document assembly period ends 60 days after the date that the fieldwork was completed. If the auditor was unable to complete such an engagement, then the document assembly period ends 60 days from the date the engagement ceased.
(2) Notwithstanding the document assembly period specified in paragraph (1) of this subsection, licensees shall comply with applicable professional standards specifying a shorter document assembly period.
(b) After the end of the document assembly period, any, removal, deletion, substitution, or editing of audit documentation, is prohibited. Additions to audit documentation shall comply with the requirements in subsection (c).
(c) In addition to any other documentation required by professional standards, any addition to audit documentation after the end of the document assembly period shall include the following: 1) the reason for the addition, 2) the identity of the persons preparing and approving the addition, and 3) the date of the addition. The documentation which is added shall contain sufficient detail to enable a reviewer with relevant knowledge and experience, having no previous connection with the audit engagement, to understand the nature, timing, reason for, and extent of the addition.
(d) Nothing in this section authorizes the deferral of audit procedures required to be performed prior to the date of issuance of the report.


NOTE: Authority cited: Section 5010, 5018 and 5098, Business and Professions Code. Reference: Sections 5097 and 5098, Business and Professions Code.

 

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