IFAC study: Global standards achieving worldwide adoption

Written on May 14, 2018

Nearly 80% of jurisdictions worldwide have adopted International Standards for Auditing for mandatory audits, while more than 60% have fully adopted the international Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, according to a new study by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) on rates of adoption of international standards across 80 of the jurisdictions in which IFAC’s more than 175 member organizations operate.

High-quality international standards are essential pillars of the global financial architecture. Their adoption and implementation improve the availability of the high-quality financial information in the public and private sectors that improves decision making and ultimately results in greater economic growth, development, and accountability.

“This forward momentum is positive news for investors, governments, businesses of all sizes, global regulators and the public given these standards’ relevance to the entire global finance structure,” said Alta Prinsloo, Executive Director, Quality & Development. “Following comparable international standards enable businesses to produce financial information that decision makers can rely on.”

The data is included in a first-of-its kind report that assesses and publicly reports on the global status of the adoption of international standards — International Standards: 2017 Global Status Report. The report details the high rates of adoption around the world, driven by IFAC and its member organizations, and positive results in several key areas, including ethics, financial reporting standards, and quality assurance, and provides examples of success and tools for continued progress.

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