International Federation of Accountants
Leading the Development of the Worldwide Accounting Profession
Facts about IFAC
Who We Are
IFAC is the worldwide organization for the accountancy profession. Founded in 1977, the organization is comprised of 164 members and associates in 125 countries and jurisdictions, representing more than 2.5 million accountants employed in public practice, industry and commerce, government, and academe.
IFAC’s mission is to serve the public interest by:
• Contributing to the development, adoption and implementation of high-quality
international standards and guidance
• Contributing to the development of strong professional accountancy organizations and accounting firms, and to high-quality practices by professional accountants
• Promoting the value of professional accountants worldwide
• Speaking out on public interest issues where the accountancy profession’s expertise is most relevant
IFAC’s role is threefold: to establish and promote adherence to high quality international standards, to facilitate collaboration and cooperation with member bodies, and to serve as spokesperson for the international profession on relevant public policy issues.
We have long recognized that a fundamental way to protect the public interest is to develop, promote, and enforce internationally recognized standards as a means of ensuring the credibility of information upon which investors and other stakeholders depend.
IFAC’s boards set the following standards:
• International Standards on Auditing, Assurance Engagements and Related Services
• International Standards on Quality Control
• International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants
• International Education Standards
• International Public Sector Accounting Standards
In addition, IFAC develops benchmark guidance and promotes the sharing of resources to serve professional accountants in business. It has also established groups to address issues
pertaining to small and medium practices and enterprises and developing nations, all of which play a critical role in the global economy.
International firms that perform audits of financial statements that are or may be used across national borders are represented in IFAC through the Forum of Firms. Commitment to the membership obligations of the Forum contributes to raising the standards of the international practice of auditing, thus serving the public interest.
Membership in IFAC is open to national accountancy organizations and international organizations that have an interest in the international accountancy profession. IFAC is comprised of members and associates.
Members and associates are required to participate in the IFAC Member Body Compliance Program.
Through the application of a series of Statements of Membership Obligations, the program is designed to support the adoption and implementation of high quality auditing, accounting, ethical and educational standards as well as quality assurance and enforcement mechanisms.
Governance of IFAC rests with the IFAC Council, which comprises one representative from each member, and the IFAC Board. The IFAC Board is responsible for setting policy and overseeing IFAC operations, the implementation of programs, and the work of IFAC boards and committees.
IFAC’s standard-setting boards—the International Accounting Education Standards Board,
International Auditing and Assurance Standards Boards, International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants, and the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board—follow a due process that supports the development of high quality standards in the public interest in a transparent, efficient, and effective manner. These boards have final authority with respect to the issuance of standards, and each board includes public members.
The Public Interest Oversight Board oversees the work of IFAC’s Member Body Compliance Program and the following standard-setting groups: the International
Accounting Education Standards Board, the International Auditing and Assurance
Standards Board, and the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants.
IFAC is based in New York City and is staffed by accounting and other professionals from around the world. IFAC’s annual report describes the services provided by the organization each year (www.ifac.org/About). All standards and guidance may be downloaded at no charge from IFAC’s website (web.ifac.org/publications).
International Federation of Accountants
545 Fifth Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017 USA
Tel +1 (212) 286-9344 Fax +1 (212) 286-9570
www.ifac.org email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|IFAC’s Boards and Committees|
Compliance Advisory Panel
Professional Accountancy Organization
International Accounting Education
International Auditing and Assurance
International Ethics Standards Board for
International Public Sector Accounting
Professional Accountants in Business
Small and Medium Practices Committee
Transnational Auditors Committee
IFAC’s website offers the following:
CONTRIBUTING TO THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
Deploying Emerging Technology to Fight Corruption
ALHAJI RAZAK JAIYEOLA | JANUARY 13, 2023
In September 2022, IFAC launched its Action Plan for Fighting Corruption and Economic Crime. It provides a framework for how we can enhance the accountancy profession’s role in combating corruption and economic crimes, thereby advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In recent years, the fight against corruption and economic crimes has expanded to incorporate the use of emerging technologies that afford more real time and online deterrence and monitoring. These emerging technologies have reduced human intervention, improved monitoring, and digitized processes and procedures such that automation has become the new and improved way of delivering services to the public.
As part of the front lines in the fight against corruption, professional accountants should be aware of the available technologies, their opportunities, and accompanying challenges. In Nigeria, mobile applications, crowdsourcing platforms, and transparency portals are leading the way.
DEVELOPING THE ACCOUNTANCY PROFESSION
Building an Accounting Technicians Scheme in West Africa: ICAN’s Experience
COMFORT OLUJUMOKE EYITAYO | OCTOBER 11, 2022
Increasing access into the accounting profession and training more middle-level accounting personnel were key issues for the Nigerian profession in the 1980s—and continue to be key issues in many jurisdictions. In 1989, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria (ICAN) took action to turn these issues into opportunities to help more young people join the accountancy profession by introducing the Accounting Technicians Scheme.
Recognizing the strategic nature of the ICAN scheme, and the importance of regional cooperation, integration, and commitment to strengthening and consolidating accounting standards and practice, the ICAN scheme was adopted by other professional accountancy organizations in 1997 under the aegis of the Association of Accountancy Bodies in West Africa. Now known as the Accounting Technicians Scheme West Africa (ATSWA), it currently runs in five countries: Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, Gambia and Sierra Leone.