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What Is Audit Risk And Factors To Be Considered In Planning Audit

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You are the partner in charge of the audit of Drugs4U Ltd, a company which develops, manufactures and sells to the a trade market a wide range of drugs which promote healthy living. The financial year end is 31st December and you are currently reviewing the notes of the planning meeting held between the Finance Director, your audit manager and yourself in November. The company has had a successful year so far with turnover already exceeding HK$500M.

A new accounting package has been introduced by the company. It was developed by the ex IT director who left following an argument with the finance director over the lack of testing of the new software – it was not run in parallel at all due to time and cost. It has been running for under a month and the finance director has not recruited a new IT director because he considers that they are not necessary within the company. He has better things to do.

New shares have been issued to fund a new drug called Argaiv which it is hoped will revolutionize exercise routines worldwide. These totaled HK$10M at nominal / face value and the company received HK$20M from this. The development costs for Argaiv and other products exceed HK$50M and the finance director proposes to capitalize this amount. A HK$75M bank loan has also been taken out – with the security on the loan being the land and buildings which the company owns outright at Sizewell in the United Kingdom. However the land has been suspected of being contaminated with a radioactive metal – the source of which is as yet unknown.

Required:

1)    Explain what is meant by ‘audit risk’.
2)    Identify the factors to be considered and audit work to be undertaken when planning the audit.


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