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Ethical Standards for Auditors

Ethical Standards (ESs) contain basic principles and essential procedures (identified in bold type lettering) together with related guidance in the form of explanatory and other material.

ES 1 to 5 cover the integrity, objectivity and independence for auditors and apply in the audit of financial statements. Auditors in the UK and Ireland are also subject to the ethical pronouncements established by the auditor’s relevant professional body.

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Ethical Standards that apply to earlier periods can be found at Superseded Standards and Guidance.

Glossary (Revised)
December 2010

Ethical Standard for Reporting Accountants (ESRA)
October 2006

ES 1 (Revised) - Integrity, objectivity and independence
December 2011

ES 2 (Revised) - Financial, business, employment and personal relationships
December 2010

ES 3 (Revised) - Long Association with the Audit Engagement
October 2009

ES 4 (Revised) - Fees, remuneration and evaluation policies, litigation, gifts and hospitality
December 2010

ES 5 (Revised) - Non-audit services provided to audited entities
December 2011

ES Provisions Available for Small Entities (Revised)
December 2010

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