Audit Firms to Submit Annual Transparency Report to NFRA

► Date : Jan 16, 2023


The National Financial Reporting Authority (NFRA) has published draught requirements for auditors/audit firms to prepare and publish Annual Transparency Reports (ATR) in order to improve transparency about audit firms' management and governance, as well as their internal policy framework to ensure high quality audits and prevent conflict of interest by maintaining independence.


These ATR requirements are consistent with current international best practises implemented by prominent Independent Audit Regulators in other jurisdictions. The NFRA Rules 2018 Rule 8(2) empowers the NFRA to require an auditor to report on its governance practises and internal processes designed to promote audit quality, protect its reputation, and reduce risks, including the risk of auditor failure, and may take such action on the report as may be necessary.


Indian companies have become significant constituents of the global economy and India has evolved as a global centre of excellence in the delivery of financial reporting and audit services to a large number of multi-national corporations raising expectations for sound and high quality codes and practices comparable to global benchmarks. In accordance with Rule 8(2) of the NFRA Rule 2018, NFRA intends prescribing publication of Annual Transparency Report containing certain critical information about the auditor’s operational activities, management, governance and ownership structures, and policies and procedures necessary to deliver high-quality audits etc.


The information contained in the ATR will be useful to the Investors, Audit Committees, Independent Directors and public at large.


The ATR requirements are proposed to be implemented in a gradual manner for PIEs starting with Statutory Auditors of Top 1000 Listed Companies (by market capitalisation) with effect from the financial year ending on 31 March 2023. The ATR has to be published within three months from the end of each financial year.


NFRA has also decided to seek public comments/suggestions on the contents of the ATR by 16 February 2023.


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