Previously in our SE product range, users were limited to a maximum number of 3 sign-offs per document. You would have the default preparer and reviewer levels, and if required you were able to activate a Second reviewer.
Since we have activated the new Document page, the Second Reviewer is no longer available or required.
Instead the new Document page allows the user to move beyond the simple one preparer and a maximum of two reviewers. In the new Sign offs tab, users can now create custom roles and sign-off schemes to track the required preparer and reviewer workflows on a document.
This is where the user defines the specific preparer and reviewer role labels. You can add as many roles as needed. For example, you can define Jr. Preparer and Sr. Preparer as preparer roles and Reviewer, Partner, ECQR as reviewer roles.
This is where the user can set up the applicable combination of preparer roles and reviewer roles for a specific document or a group of documents. You can create as many schemes as needed.
For example, the quality control work papers are typically signed off by the engagement partner. Therefore you can define a scheme called Quality Review and include Engagement Partner as the only role.
The Roles and sign-off schemes also cater for:
Documentation and audit trail requirements (at the market level or firm level)
Large firms that have large engagement teams where extended review levels are needed to track progress and validate the work
A new tab Sign offs is now available in the template and engagement settings dialog. To create a custom sign off, you must set up roles and schemes.
With signoff schemes now in place, the following takes effect in engagement files:
The More actions () | Sign-offs option is available to allow you to view signoff details and progress.
Note: Users with Admin, Settings Admin role or similar can remove sign offs by other users. Non-admin users can only remove their own sign offs. To learn more about roles, see Built-in roles and Assign security roles.
As the designated reviewers and preparers sign off, icons display in the Documents page to help track the progress on signoff:
Partially prepared () - Not all preparer roles in the applied scheme have signed off.
Partially reviewed () - Not all reviewer roles in the applied scheme have signed off.
Prepared () - All preparer roles in the applied scheme have signed off.
Reviewed () - All reviewer roles in the applied scheme have signed off.
Modified since last review () - Documents that have changed since the last time a reviewer has signed off on them.
You can also select any of the above icons to display a log that shows:
Name of the reviewer or preparer that provided a signoff
Date of the signoff
Name and date of the last reviewer sign off (only for the Modified since last review icons)