International Education Standards Board Seeks Comments on Proposed Strategy for 2010–2012

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    International Education Standards Board Seeks Comments on Proposed Strategy for 2010–2012

    The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB), a standard-setting board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), is seeking comments from IFAC member bodies, regulators, accounting firms, employers, the academic community, and others on an exposure draft of its 2010-2012 Strategy and Work Plan. Organizations and individuals with an interest in accounting education are invited to respond to the IAESB's proposals for its strategic direction, projects, and activities for the next three years.

    "Accounting education remains a fundamental pillar in improving the reliability of financial reporting and continues to be needed by accountants to serve the public interest," states Mark Allison, IAESB Chair. "The aim of the IAESB 2010-2012 Strategy and Work Plan is to bring clarity to requirements that are needed to develop high-quality accounting education programs."

    The IAESB's proposed strategy focuses on projects and activities aimed at developing International Education Standards (IESs), while providing adoption and implementation guidance to interested stakeholders in accounting education. This will assist IFAC's member bodies in increasing the capacity and capability of the global accountancy profession, contributing to strengthened public trust.

    The IAESB proposes to undertake three high-priority activities, beginning in 2010. These are:

    • Conducting a revision of the IESs, considering results of the IAESB's drafting conventions project and recent developments in the accountancy profession;
    • Developing implementation guidance in areas of measurable implementation of the IESs, competency frameworks, and quality control measures for education providers; and
    • Promoting greater awareness among academics, regulators, and others of the IAESB's pronouncements and its role in advancing international debate on emerging issues relating to development and assessment of professional accountants.

    The direction of further activities during the period of 2010-2012 will be conditional on the outputs from these three projects, although the IAESB's proposed work program for 2010-2012 contains a number of potential projects for consideration.

    How to Comment
    Comments on the exposure draft are requested by October 5, 2009. The exposure draft may be viewed by going to Respondents are asked to send their comments electronically through the IFAC website, using the "Submit a Comment" link on the Exposure Drafts and Consultation Papers page. Please note that first-time users must register to use this new feature. Although IFAC prefers that comments be submitted using the online submission system, e-mail may continue to be sent to They can also be faxed to the attention of the IAESB Technical Manager at +1 (212) 286-9570 or mailed to IFAC, 545 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017, USA. All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on IFAC's website.

    About IAESB and IFAC
    The IAESB ( develops standards and guidance on prequalification education, training, and continuing professional education and development for all members of the accountancy profession. The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees the activities of the IAESB and, as one element of that oversight, establishes the criteria for 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.



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