International Standards: 2019 Global Status Report
October 14, 2019
of IFAC member jurisdictions use International Standards on Auditing, International Financial Reporting Standards & International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants
of IFAC member jurisdictions have monitoring & enforcement mechanisms for quality assurance and investigation & discipline
Adoption is one journey, implementation another
There are no international laws requiring nations adopt and implement international standards that are fundamental to trust in markets, investments and economic growth.
They are adopted because their quality, legitimacy and impact have been demonstrated and focus on the public interest.
They are also adopted because IFAC’s member organizations’ deep commitment help drive both adoption and implementation. This report shines a light on the important and often untold story of how standards are adopted and implemented—a process that can be as complex as developing a standard and frequently requires years of advocacy, education, outreach and coalition building. The report also reinforces the impact of standards in driving transparency and creating a common language for high-quality financial information.
Where IFAC member organizations have at least some authority in the standard-setting and regulatory environment, there is a positive trend in international standards’ usage. Yet further multi-stakeholder support from international policy-makers and regulatory organizations, as well as leaders from government, academia, and business, is required to extend the adoption success story—creating the right conditions for implementation is mission critical. It will take focused effort, leadership, and collaboration to establish the legal and regulatory frameworks to support the timely implementation of the standards.
As ever, the global profession stands ready to support this endeavor.
"International standards have come a long way since 2000 when there was little to no global adoption. While there is always more to be done, IFAC member organizations play a vital role in ensuring the successful implementation."
IFAC CEO Kevin Dancey
"International accountancy standards ultimately help drive economic growth and financial market stability in their respective jurisdictions."
IFAC Director Joseph Bryson
Global Status Report Media Coverage
- Accounting Today: IFAC sees greater adoption of global accounting standards
- CFO Dive: Since Enron, most countries have adopted accounting standards
- Public Finance International: IFAC shows strong support for international accounting standards
- Public Finance International: We need to work together to improve public sector accounting