International Federation of Accountants Releases Revisions to Policy Position Papers One and Three

Sep 30, 2011 | New York | English

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global organization for the accountancy profession with members and associates in 125 countries, today released revised versions of Policy Position Paper 1, Regulation of the Accountancy Profession, and Policy Position Paper 3, International Standard Setting in the Public Interest.

“In addition to working toward the development and acceptance of high-quality global professional standards, IFAC is committed to contributing to and shaping the debate about appropriate regulatory arrangements for international standard setting and regulation of the accountancy profession,” said Chief Executive Officer lan Ball.

Policy Position Paper 1, Regulation of the Accountancy Profession, was first issued by IFAC in December 2007. The revised paper includes a new section titled “Current Regulatory Environment.” The section highlights the importance of global regulatory convergence, including the adoption and implementation of high-quality standards. It describes recent developments in regulation and makes reference to the Independent Forum of Independent Audit Regulators (IFIAR) Core Principles. Lastly, the revised Policy Position Paper 1 includes a description of what would typically be included in shared regulation of auditing at a national level.

Policy Position Paper 3, International Standard Setting in the Public Interest, was issued by IFAC in December 2008. The revised and updated paper describes how current governance arrangements and independent standard-setting boards supported by IFAC operate in the public interest and address the need for legitimacy, transparency, and performance. It further includes discussion of the 2010 Monitoring Group (MG) review.

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 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.

 

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