IFAC Welcomes IOSCO Support of New Clarity ISAs and their Role in Building Investor Confidence

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    IFAC Welcomes IOSCO Support of New Clarity ISAs and their Role in Building Investor Confidence

    The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) welcome the statement released today by IOSCO on International Standards on Auditing (ISAs) that recognizes the important role of ISAs "in facilitating cross-border securities offerings and listings." The IOSCO statement also welcomes the achievement of the completion of the Clarity Project, noting the improvements that have been made as a result of clarifying the ISA requirements.

    "IOSCO's endorsement of the clarified ISAs and its encouragement of securities regulators to accept audits performed in accordance with the clarified ISAs is consistent with the IAASB's long-held objective of developing and promoting adoption of a high-quality set of auditing standards for use in all audits worldwide," states IAASB Chair Arnold Schilder.

    IFAC, in its letter to the G-20 Working Group 1 in March, expressed its view that the global adoption of ISAs will improve the quality and consistency of the audit of financial information. Currently, more than 100 jurisdictions around the world use ISAs or base their national standards on them. Increased adoption of ISAs will facilitate greater transparency and result in higher standards of accountability.

    "The IOSCO statement is testimony to the success of the standard-setting process for International Standards on Auditing, in which responsibility is shared between the public sector and the private sector," states IFAC President Robert Bunting. "It is vital that the standard-setting process operates in, and is seen to operate in, the public interest. Oversight of the IAASB's work by the Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) and the role of the IAASB's Consultative Advisory Group play critical roles in ensuring that the standards do reflect the public interest."

    The IOSCO statement echoes support for the clarified ISAs expressed by the World Bank and the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision.

    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 PIOB oversees the activities of the IAASB, and, as one element of that oversight, establishes the criteria for its due process and working procedures.

    IFAC (www.ifac.org) 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, IFAC sets 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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