Audit Data Standards

The Assurance Services Executive Committee's Emerging Assurance Technologies Task Force established the Audit Data Standard working group to develop a standardized data model that facilitates the use of enhanced analytics.

Audit Data Standards – Overview

One of the challenges that management and auditors face is obtaining accurate data in a usable format following a repeatable process. As a result, this working group has developed voluntary, uniform audit data standards that identify the key information needed for audits and provide a common framework covering: (1) data file definitions and technical specifications, (2) data field definitions and technical specifications, and (3) supplemental questions and data validation routines to help auditors better understand the data and assess its completeness and integrity. The standards are offered in either of the following two file formats: (1) flat file format (pipe-delimited UTF-8 text file format) and (2) Extensible Business Reporting Language Global Ledger Taxonomy Framework (XBRL GL).

Helpful Links and Additional Resources


View all of the audit data standards.


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Blog Posts

Audit Data Standards: Revolutionizing Business Information 
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Learn more about how the Audit Data Standards can cut down on the amount time it takes to gather audit data.