The objective of a review of procurement records is to enable an auditor to state whether, on the basis of procedures which do not provide all the evidence that would be required in an audit, anything has come to the auditor‘s attention that causes the auditor to believe that the financial statements and procurement records are not prepared, in all material respects, in accordance with an identified audit reporting framework. A similar objective applies to the review of financial or other information prepared in accordance with appropriate criteria.
A review comprises inquiry and analytical procedures, which are designed to review the reliability of an assertion that is the responsibility of one party for use by another party. While a review involves the application of audit skills and techniques and the gathering of evidence, it does not ordinarily involve an assessment of procurement and internal control systems, tests of records and of responses to inquiries by obtaining collaborating evidence through inspection, observation, confirmation and computation, which are procedures ordinarily performed during an audit.
Although the auditor attempts to become aware of all significant matters, the procedures of a review make the achievement of this objective less likely than in an audit engagement, thus the level of assurance provided in a review report is correspondingly less than that given in an audit report