Guidance Note on Audit of Banks 2019 edition
Independent audit of financial statement of banks is essential for a healthy, safe and sound banking system. Audit of banks involves number of peculiarities e.g. huge volumes and complexity of transactions in banks, wide geographical spread of banks’ network, large range of products and services offered by banks, extensive use of technology in banks, oversight by the banking regulator etc. All these factors make the task of the bank auditors quite challenging in doing the audits.
The Guidance Note on Audit of Banks brought out by the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of ICAI every year is an important resource which provides detailed guidance to the members on various aspects of statutory bank audits. I am happy that the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board has brought out the revised 2019 edition of the Guidance Note on Audit of Banks for the benefit of the members. The revised Guidance Note was initially developed by an expert group constituted by the Board and thereafter it was finalised with the contribution of the Board members. The Guidance Note is comprehensive and self-contained reference document for the members.
This edition of the Guidance Note has been divided in three separate sections as follows;