PCAOB 11: Consideration of Materiality in Planning and Performing an Audit1


Effective Date This standard currently is effective.
Applicability All audit planning.


Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB) Auditing Standard 11 sets the objective of applying the concept of materiality appropriately in planning and performing audit procedures.


Materiality in the Context of an Audit

The auditor should plan and perform audit procedures to detect misstatements that, individually or in combination with other misstatements, would result in material misstatement of the financial statements. This includes being alert while planning and performing audit procedures for misstatements that could be material due to quantitative or qualitative factors. It is ordinarily not practical to design audit procedures to detect misstatements that are material, based solely on qualitative factors.

For integrated audits, Auditing Standard 5, An Audit of Internal Control over Financial Reporting that is Integrated with an Audit of Financial Statements, states that the auditor should use the same materiality considerations in planning the audit of internal control over financial reporting that would be used in planning the audit of a company’s annual financial statements.

Establishing a Materiality Level for the Financial Statements as a Whole

The auditor needs to establish a materiality level for the ...

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