To further support transparency, adoption, and implementation of international standards, as well as the public interest, the International Federation of Accountants® (IFAC®) today published comprehensive profiles of IFAC member organizations and the jurisdictions in which they operate.
This in-depth information demonstrates the widespread use of international standards and the efforts of IFAC member organizations to encourage adoption, advance implementation, and support the businesses, communities, and governments in their nations. It also emphasizes the crucial role of IFAC member organizations in further strengthening the quality of the accountancy profession and the need to strategically focus attention and resources.
“High-quality, internationally accepted standards for the accountancy profession are crucial to enhancing confidence and stability in the global economy,” said IFAC President Olivia Kirtley. “Publishing this information is a significant milestone in reporting the progress on adoption of international standards made by IFAC member organizations, national standard setters, regulators, and other stakeholders.”
Profiles for an initial 62 IFAC member organizations and 48 countries are now available on the IFAC website. Each country profile includes a description of the regulatory and legal landscape for the accountancy profession in that jurisdiction and an assessment of the adoption of international standards for audit, ethics, education, and public and private sector accounting, as well as the establishment of quality assurance and investigative and disciplinary systems. Member organization profiles also include information on compliance with the IFAC Statements of Membership Obligations.
“We are really pleased to take this significant step forward by providing more information about the global profession,” said Sylvia Tsen, IFAC Senior Director, Quality and Member Relations. “These profiles provide enhanced transparency that will help the public better understand jurisdictional landscapes—legal, regulatory, oversight, and more—and better understand the ongoing work of IFAC member organizations in further strengthening the entire profession—and the global economy.”
This information was compiled by IFAC staff drawing from multiple sources, including the information collected through the IFAC Member Compliance Program and the member organizations themselves. Remaining profiles will be published in the coming months and content will be updated annually.