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Following the issuance by the Monitoring Group July 14 of Strengthening The International Audit And Ethics Standard-Setting System (the Paper), the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has announced its support for moving immediately to the transition planning phase.
The Paper, which sets forth a series of recommendations to enhance the process by which global audit, assurance and ethics standards for the accountancy profession are developed and issued in the public interest, was the result of a lengthy, multi-stakeholder consultation process.
IFAC is pleased that the Paper recognizes the important and necessary role that IFAC and the profession will continue to play in the standard setting process and that the recommendations are aligned with IFAC’s strategy. There are, however, a number of important issues still to be addressed before moving forward with implementation. While IFAC does not underestimate the challenges this presents, we remain confident that we will be able to work collaboratively with all key stakeholders involved to reach a satisfactory resolution during the transition planning phase.
Dr. In-Ki Joo, President of IFAC, said, “We have worked hard to build trust and collaborate with all of the stakeholders involved in this process. The recommendations provide us with a foundation to move forward. We look forward to working with the Monitoring Group and all other stakeholders involved in the transition planning phase to agree on an implementation plan.”
Kevin Dancey, CEO of IFAC, said, “Global audit, assurance and ethics standards are the bedrock on which our profession is built, and an important safeguard in protecting the public interest that is part of our professional mandate. We were pleased to have worked with the Monitoring Group, the Public Interest Oversight Board and other key stakeholders over the course of the consultation period to continue to enhance a sustainable, independent and transparent standard-setting process that has the trust and confidence of all stakeholders.”
The IAASB (International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board) and the IESBA (International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants) are responsible for developing in the public interest and through independent due process the standards that govern how auditors and professional accountants deliver their services. IFAC’s key strategic priorities include supporting IAASB and IESBA and advocating for, promoting and monitoring the adoption and implementation of their standards.
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 more than 175 members and associates in more than 130 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 3 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.