ADVISORY FOR FILLING MULTIPURPOSE EMPANELMENT FORM 2017-18

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
1 The status of 1st January of the relevant year will be taken. In above cases, the credit of such partner/proprietor will not be given to the applicant firm as they are not exclusively associated. Last date for submission of Form on the website www.meficai.org is 25th August, 2017. Members are advised to fill MEF well in advance to avoid last minute rush..

2 Please use Internet Explorer 6.0/ Mozilla Firefox 7.0 or later versions to fill MEF 2017-18.

3 The information filled in by the Applicant in MEF can be edited/modified any number of times before online submission. But once it is submitted, it cannot be edited..

4 All correspondence, acknowledgement, discrepancy letters, etc. will preferably be through e-mail only. Please fill up email id correctly and ensure that it is active.

5 It is must to provide correct contact details i.e. telephone number, email id and also to keep track of these as and when allotment procedure starts.

6 MEF 2017-18 has been divided into three sections:

i. For Bank Branch Auditor's panel
ii. For Additional information for Multipurpose Empanelment
iii.For panel of Cooperative Societies and Cooperative Banks
7 Applicants having minimum continuous standing of 3 years in profession as on 1.1.2017 would be eligible for MEF for the year 2017-18 alongwith other RBI Norms available at http://www.icai.org/new_post.html?post_id=725&c_id=91

8 In case of common partner/ proprietor in multiple firms, only one firm will be eligible for empanelment for MEF. If both/all the firms apply, the MEF application of all will be treated as rejected. Moreover, if only one firm applies, and the firm is otherwise eligible, credit of common partners shall not be given.

9 Members associated with more than one concern will be not treated as exclusively associated with the applicant concern i.e.

i. Proprietor/partner and also having Sole Practice (Individual).
ii. Proprietor and having more than one Proprietary Concern.
iii. Partner/Proprietor/sole practice or in employment other than the applicant concern.

10 Facility of Digital Signatures is optional for submission of declaration. In case, you have any technical issues regarding digital signatures, you may send a hard copy of the declaration manually signed by partners/Proprietor/Individual who have not been able to sign digitally.

11 Members holding full time Certificate of Practice/firms existing as on 01.01.2017 are advised to fill the MEF Form and submit full details in the MEF as this panel will also be available for the assignments other than the Bank Branch Audit. A period of compulsory rest for two years after completion of four years of continuous branch audit will not count if you do not fill the MEF Form and not eligible for Bank Branch Auditors' Panel.

12 Criteria of Categorization, Rotation and Resting are as per the prevailing norms issued by Reserve Bank of India and are subject to change from time to time.

13 UNIQUE CODE NUMBER (UCN)

  • Unique Code Number (UCN) is very important as it facilitates compiling the applicants' bank audit experience. Therefore, an applicant must ensure that correct UCN appears in the MEF.

  • If the applicant has never been allotted UCN at any point of time, UCN will be allotted to all (first time) eligible firms/Members at the time of preparation of the Bank Branch Auditor's Panel.

  • If UCN was allotted earlier, please mention the same in Memorandum of Changes (MoCs) and hard copy of declaration, in case it is not appearing in the MEF. The changes will be incorporated in MEF Database after due verification.

  • UCN will also be allotted to the non-eligible applicants for Bank Branch Auditor's panel so that their data can be sent to the requisite authorities for other Bank Audits and other assignments. However, the following applicant will not be allotted UCN:
    • Member practicing in his individual name not holding full time CoP and/or associated as Partner/ Proprietor/Chartered Accountant employee in any other firm.

    • In case of firm, if none of Partner/Proprietor is exclusively associated with the firm i.e Partner/Proprietor should not be Partner or Proprietor of any other firm and/or not holding fulltime CoP.

  • Applicant practicing in individual name should continue to use the same UCN in case he forms a sole proprietary concern. If UCN was allotted earlier in Individual capacity same will be incorporated in MEF Database after due verification.

  • 14 EXPERIENCE OF BANK AUDIT

  • Members may note that experience in capacity, as Articled/Audit Assistant or paid employee/assistant should not be added in experience columns' to be mentioned in questions of MEF.

  • Please do not associate with the same Bank (of which the applicant is appointed as statutory auditor) or any of its subsidiaries/associates, as Concurrent/Internal/Income and Expenditure /Revenue/Stock Auditor or Accountants etc. of the bank/branch of banks & monitoring of borrowing of sick unit.

  • Please don't take a loan (including outstanding on credit card) from or give a guarantee to a loan from the same Bank (of which the applicant is appointed as statutory auditor) or any of its subsidiaries/associates.

  • Please don't accept the position of a Director on the Board of the same Bank (of which the applicant is appointed as Branch Statutory Auditor) or any of its subsidiaries/associates.

  • While filling experience in various questions of MEF, if an applicant has done audit of two or more than two entities as Statutory Central Auditor and/or as well as Branch Auditor of a Bank for the same year, the experience should be filled as of one year only.

  • 15 PROCEDURE FOR LOGGING INTO MEF

  • MEF is designed differently in case of Sole Proprietary Concern, Partnership Concern and Members Practicing in Individual Name and therefore, the applicant should select their option carefully while filing up the form at www.meficai.org.Remembering the PASSWORD for future reference is desirable as it will be required for further log in.

  • All the information being sourced from Institute database is static (not editable) and the same will be appearing with Green Background. Applicants, who do not agree with the details appearing in these fields, should fill in the Memorandum of Changes (MOCs).

  • Certain data is populated from MEF 2016-17 that is editable. Applicants may edit the same, if required.
  • 16 PROCEDURE FOR FINAL PREPARTION OF PANEL

  • In case any of the Partners resign during the period of 01.01.2017 till the date of final preparation of the panel for submission to RBI i.e., in October/November, 2017 the same will be given effect to as per the data base of the Institute and provisional category as on 1.1.2017 as mentioned on acknowledgement will stand modified accordingly. This means the credit will be given for only those continuing Partners (from out of the Partners as on 01.01.2017) who have signed the declaration, for categorization of Bank Branch Auditor's Panel. Further, the credit will not be given to those Partners who have joined subsequent to 01.01.2017, even through merger.

  • In case any of the Chartered Accountant Employee as on 01-01-2017 resigns during the period of 01.01.2017 till the date of final preparation of the panel for submission to RBI, i.e. in October/November, 2017 and another Chartered Accountant employee joins during the same period, category as mention on acknowledgement will remain unchanged.

  • In case the Firm is closed during the period of 01.01.2017 till the date of final preparation of the panel for submission to RBI i.e., in October/November, 2017 will not be included in the Panel.

  • 17 COMPLAINT FILING MECHANISM

  • In case, an applicant faces any problem in accessing, operating or submission of MEF, complaint may be lodged through complaint mechanism available at www.meficai.org

  • Applicants can lodge their complaint by using either MEF No./ MRN / FRN. Complaint number will be displayed on the system after successful lodging of complaint. Please note the complaint number for future reference. Applicant would be able to view the status of their complaints by using MEF No. /Complaint No./MRN/FRN. All the complaints lodged by the applicant would be looked into by PDC Secretariat.

  • In case, the complaint is not resolved or replied within a week, members can call at 011-30110444 and 30110440 (between 3 PM to 5 PM on all working days)

  • In case, the complaint is not resolved or replied within a week, members can send an email to mefpdc@icai.in or call at 011-30110444 and 30110440 (between 3 PM to 5 PM on all working days)
  • 18 A hard copy of the Declaration duly signed by all (the continuing) Partners/ Proprietor/ member practicing in individual name (who have not digitally signed) accompanied by a print of acknowledgement of submission of MEF must be sent to ICAI by courier/speed post/hand delivery at the following address in an envelope superscribed with "DECLARATION FOR MEF 2017-18" so as to reach on or before 30th August, 2017.

    19 SUBMISSION OF DOCUMENTS

    The Secretary
    Professional Development Committee
    The Institute of Chartered Accountants of India
    "ICAI Bhawan"
    Indraprastha Marg
    Post Box No. 7100
    New Delhi - 110 002

    20 Receipt of hard copy of the Declaration will not be individually acknowledged. The same will be displayed on the website mentioning MEF number within 15 days of receipt of the Declaration. Declarations will then be verified for completeness and correctness and discrepancy(ies), if any, will be intimated to the applicant by email only

    21 The Institute reserves right to call for additional information including financial documents, annual financial statements, income tax & service tax returns and such other documents, from the applicant as may be considered appropriate

    22 While all efforts are being taken in preparing the panel, in the event of any inadvertent mistake or omission, the Institute will not be responsible in any manner.

    23 The Institute does not undertake any responsibility with regard to the allotment of audit.

    24 Members are advised not to correspond directly with the authorities concerned on matters related to empanelment.

    Wish you all a happy MEF Filing!!

    Dear Professional Colleagues,

    Greetings from PDC !!!

    We are happy to inform that Multipurpose Empanelment Form (MEF) for the year 2017-18 is live now. We request all the members holding full time Certificate of Practice/firms as on 01.01.2017 to fill the Multipurpose Empanelment Form 2017-18 carefully and submit all the fields of this MEF form.

    The last date of submission of MEF Form 2017-18 is 25th August, 2017. We therefore request all the applicants to login their form and fill/edit the form and send the Declaration.

    Endeavoring to facilitate you for submitting hassle-free Multipurpose Empanelment Form for the year 2017-18.

    With kind regards,

    Chairman
    Professional Development Committee

    Vice-Chairman
    Professional Development Committee