IFAC Seeks Public Members for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

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    IFAC Seeks Public Members for the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board

    The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession, is seeking nominations for two public member positions on the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) beginning in January 2009. Individuals, organizations, accountancy firms, and IFAC member bodies and associates may submit nominations for the public member positions by June 22, 2008, using the electronic Candidate Information Form (http://nominations.ifac.org/).

    Nominees for the public member positions must have an appropriate level of knowledge about the work of the IAASB, although they need not have a professional accountancy designation. Public members are expected to act in the public interest and must be seen to be independent of any special interests and seen to be acting to represent society as a whole.

    The IAASB serves the public interest by setting, independently and under its own authority, high quality international auditing and assurance standards and facilitating convergence to those standards, thereby enhancing the quality and uniformity of practice worldwide and strengthening public confidence in financial reporting. More than 100 countries use or are in the process of adopting or incorporating the IAASB's International Standards on Auditing into their national auditing standards, or are using them as a basis for preparing national auditing standards.

    Public members of the IAASB will participate in the development of assurance standards on green house gas emissions and reports on controls at third party service organizations, as well as the development of other new and amended international standards following the IAASB's rigorous due process. Some IAASB members will also be engaged in liaison activities with key regulatory and other organizations, including meetings, presentations and participation in forums and workshops.

    For more information about general qualifications for nominees, their responsibilities, and the process for submitting nominations, see the Call for Nominations on IFAC's website at http://www.ifac.org/NominatingCommittee/index.php#Process.  For more information on the work of the IAASB, visit its home page at http://www.iaasb.org.
    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.



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