IFAC Plans Overhaul of ­Education Standards

By Nancy Fass
September 1, 2018

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) announced plans to establish a comprehensive and integrated model for accountancy education and professional development.


The new model is being proposed “to ensure that the accountancy profession can address the challenges posed by a rapidly changing environment,” an IFAC press release said. An advisory group made up of various stakeholders will consult and inform on the future model and facilitate the transition.


“Global business, technology, and education imperatives are placing new demands on the global profession, and we must anticipate and prepare for the future,” says Anne-Marie Vitale, IAESB deputy chair. “We will work with key stakeholders to develop a model that considers, addresses, and advances the needs of current and future accountants and acts in the public interest to progress a robust and relevant accountancy profession.”


The model will begin operations by July 1, 2019.



Nancy Fass is a senior editor for IMA® (Institute of Management Accountants). She can be reached at nfass@imanet.org.
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