IFAC Seeks Comments on Proposed Translation Strategy

Mar 31, 2008 | New York | English

To increase the accessibility of its standards and guidance to accountants worldwide, the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) Board has approved a proposal to move to one quality translation of IFAC standards per language and to consult with IFAC members, associates and other interested parties on the process to achieve this. As a result, IFAC has released a consultation paper entitled Translation of IFAC Standards that outlines a proposed translation process. The new process is designed to facilitate the ability of member bodies and other qualified organizations to translate IFAC standards and to ensure the timeliness and quality of such translations.

"Our ultimate goal is to achieve one quality translation per language of all IFAC standards," emphasizes IFAC President Fermín del Valle. "If IFAC is to accomplish its mission of encouraging high quality practices by the world's accountants, we must make our standards available to the widest possible audience."

While the official working language of IFAC and its boards and committees is English, IFAC recognizes that it is crucial for practitioners, legislators, regulators, educators, students, and others who work in languages other than English to have access to current IFAC standards in their native language.

IFAC has already initiated the process of strengthening its translation processes. It has created a dedicated translations web page that, among other things, features a translation database based on information submitted by third parties. The database features a listing of IFAC publications that have been translated, along with the name of the translating body and links to a list of key terms, where it exists.

How to Comment
The consultation paper can be viewed at http://www.ifac.org/eds. Comments are requested by June 30, 2008 and may be submitted by email to translations@ifac.org. They can also be faxed to the attention of the Director, Quality Assurance and Member Body Relations at +1 (212) 286-9570, or mailed to IFAC, 545 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY USA 10017. All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on the IFAC website.

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 157 members and associates in 123 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry and commerce. Through its independent standard-setting boards, IFAC sets international standards on ethics, auditing and assurance, education, and public sector accounting. It also issues guidance to encourage high quality performance by professional accountants in business.



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