Benchmark on key audit matters 2015

Mazars carried out a study on the Key Audit Matters embedded in the auditor's report (2014 and 2014/2015 reports) for FTSE 100 companies in the UK.

Our study on Key audit matters

Why UK audit reports?

The UK has anticipated the changes embedded in the new auditor’s report and adopted a new standard on the auditor’s report in 2013. The reading of the 2014 audit reports of UK listed entities (especially FTSE 100 companies) provides an insight into what is expected in terms of communication in the new auditor’s report according to the ISAs for the audit reports on the 2016 financial statements.

Note that the UK regulation goes even beyond the obligations of the ISAs: for example, the UK auditors have communicated in their auditor’s reports on materiality and scoping considerations for group audits, which is not required by the ISAs. 

This document is a complement to the Mazars Fact Sheet on the New Auditor’s Report.

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