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IESBA Seeks Stakeholder Input on Key Ethical Questions Arising from Technological Developments

Surveys to Inform Direction of Its Technology Project

Oct 19, 2020 | New York, NY | English

Earlier today, the IESBA’s Technology Task Force launched two online surveys with questions seeking stakeholder feedback to inform its consideration of issues related to two key recommendations in the February 2020 Phase 1 report of its Technology work stream, Technology Working Group Phase 1 Final Report. The topics addressed by these two recommendations are:

  • Technology and complexity in the professional environment; and
  • The impact of technology on auditor independence.

Stakeholder responses to the surveys will help guide the IESBA’s consideration of next steps in relation to those two topics at its December 2020 Board meeting.

The IESBA is seeking views and input from all categories of stakeholders, including investors and other users of financial statements, the corporate governance community, the regulatory and audit oversight community, preparers, firms, national standard setters, professional accountancy organizations, academics and others. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to contribute to international standard setting.

How to Participate in the Survey

Click on the links below to respond to each survey by November 10, 2020.

  1. Technology and complexity in the professional environment; and
  2. Impact of Technology on Auditor Independence.

If you are experiencing difficulty in submitting your completed questionnaire online, please contact

Alternatively, you may also complete the PDF versions of the survey by November 10, 2020 and e-mail them to Click below to access these versions.

About the IESBA

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is an independent global standard-setting board. The IESBA serves the public interest by setting ethics standards, including auditor independence requirements, which seek to raise the bar for ethical conduct and practice for all professional accountants through a robust, globally operable International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards).

The IESBA believes a single set of high-quality ethics standards enhances the quality and consistency of services provided by professional accountants, thus contributing to public trust and confidence in the accountancy profession. The IESBA sets its standards in the public interest with advice from the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group (CAG) and under the oversight of the Public Interest Oversight Board.