IFAC Issues Proposed International Guidance to Help Accountants Improve Internal Control

Dec 01, 2011 | New York, New York | English

The Professional Accountants in Business (PAIB) Committee of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has issued proposed International Good Practice Guidance, Evaluating and Improving Internal Control in Organizations for public comment. The aim of this guidance is to establish a benchmark for good practice in maintaining effective internal control in response to risk, and help professional accountants in business and their organizations create a cycle of continuous improvement for their internal control systems.

“Strong internal control is both one of the best defenses against business failure, and an important driver of business performance. It mitigates risk and adds sustainable value,” said Roger Tabor, chair of the PAIB Committee. “We looked at the sort of things that can go wrong with the way organizations apply internal controls, and drew out principles that professional accountants in business can apply to support their organizations in avoiding these problems.”

With this proposed publication, the PAIB Committee aims to provide principles-based guidance that focuses on the role of professional accountants in business and how they can support their organizations in evaluating and improving internal control as an integrated part of the organization’s governance, risk management, and internal control systems.This proposed guidance can be implemented regardless of the existing internal control frameworks or standards used, as it deals with those internal control issues that are often unsuccessful because of poor implementation and design.

Professional accountants, their organizations, and other interested parties are encouraged to respond to the proposed guidance to help improve its applicability to professional accountants in organizations of all sizes.

How to Comment
The PAIB Committee invites all stakeholders to comment. To access the exposure draft and submit a comment, visit the PAIB Committee section of the IFAC website at www.ifac.org/paib. Comments on the exposure draft are requested by February 29, 2012.

About the PAIB Committee
The PAIB Committee serves IFAC member bodies and professional accountants worldwide who work in commerce, industry, financial services, education, and the public and the not-for-profit sectors. Its aim is to promote and contribute to the value of professional accountants in business by increasing awareness of the important roles professional accountants play, supporting member bodies in enhancing the competence of their members, and facilitating the communication and sharing of good practices and ideas.

About IFAC
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 167 members and associates in 127 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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