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IAASB Reports on Progress in Achieving Clarity and Convergence
The International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB), an independent standard-setting board under the auspices of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), has released its 2007 annual report which highlights its work in enhancing the clarity of international standards and notes progress in achieving global convergence to international auditing standards. The report also details the IAASB's consultation and outreach program and offers a preview of its proposed future strategy.
A central part of the IAASB's work program over the past year has been the redrafting of its international standards to make them clearer and to promote their adoption and translation. During 2007, the IAASB approved seven final International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) and 21 exposure drafts as part of its Clarity project. It also announced that the effective date for all final redrafted ISAs will be for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2009. The IAASB plans to complete the redrafting of all ISAs by the end of 2008.
To further promote international convergence of standards, the IAASB engaged in extensive consultation and coordination activities in 2007 with international regulators and organizations, national auditing standard setters, and other stakeholders. The IAASB also continued to receive oversight from the Public Interest Oversight Board and obtained input to its work program and technical projects from the IAASB Consultative Advisory Group (CAG). A report from David Damant, Chairman of the IAASB CAG, is included in the annual report.
Throughout 2007, the IAASB actively consulted with stakeholders and users of its standards regarding the development of its proposed future technical strategy and work program. The annual report presents highlights of the proposed future strategy, which the IAASB is reviewing at its meeting in New York City this week.
The 2007 IAASB annual report can be downloaded from its home page at http://www.iaasb.org. Print copies, which will be available later in March, may be obtained by sending an email with your mailing address and the quantity desired to firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the IAASB and IFAC
The objective of the IAASB is to serve the public interest by setting high quality auditing and assurance standards and by facilitating the convergence of international and national standards, thereby enhancing the quality and uniformity of practice throughout the world and strengthening public confidence in the global auditing and assurance profession. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees the activities of the IAASB and, as one element of that oversight, establishes its due process and working procedures.
IFAC is the global organization for the accountancy profession dedicated to serving the public interest by strengthening the profession and contributing to the development of strong international economies. IFAC is comprised of 157 members and associates in 123 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. In addition to setting international auditing and assurance standards through the IAASB, IFAC, through its independent standard-setting boards, sets international ethics, education, and public sector accounting standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.