IAESB Proposed Revised Standard on Professional Values, Ethics, and Attitudes

Jul 27, 2012 | New York, New York | English

The International Accounting Education Standards Board (IAESB) today released for public exposure a proposed revision of International Education Standard (IES) 4, Initial Professional Development-Professional Values, Ethics, and Attitudes.

IES 4, part of the IAESB’s project to improve the clarity of its standards, is primarily aimed at IFAC member bodies, but will be of interest to educational organizations, employers, regulators, government authorities, and other stakeholders who support the learning and development of professional accountants.

Drafted in 2004, IES 4 prescribes the values, ethics, and attitudes that professional accountants should acquire during the education program leading to qualification. A revised draft of IES 4 was exposed for public comment in May 2011 and, while respondents’ comments were generally supportive, further clarification was requested in explaining the requirements on learning outcomes, assessment, and reflective activity—the recurring process of reviewing  experiences with a view to improve future actions. As a result, the IAESB has made substantial changes to the content of IES 4.

In addition to addressing these issues, the proposed revised IES 4 requires IFAC member bodies to regularly review and update their professional accounting education programs. Professional accounting education programs include formal education and workplace training. Updating both the knowledge content of professional accounting education programs and the content of workplace training on a regular basis, improves the likelihood of learning outcomes being relevant and developing appropriate competence. 

“The regular review and updating of professional accounting education programs—including professional values, ethics, and attitudes as outlined in IES 4—is essential to both the development and the maintenance of competence,” stated Prof. Peter Wolnizer, chair of the IAESB. “Additionally, increasing competence improves the quality of financial information—a key component of business decision-making.”

In a continuing effort to improve the clarity of its standards, the IAESB has undertaken a project to redraft all eight of its IESs in accordance with its new clarity drafting conventions. IES 7, Continuing Professional Development, is the first clarified standard to be released since the project began in December 2010.

Under the current timetable, the IAESB anticipates that all IESs will have been revised and redrafted, or redrafted only, by Quarter 3 2013.

How to Comment
The IAESB invites all stakeholders to comment on its proposals. To access the re-exposed draft and submit a comment, visit the IAESB’s website at www.iaesb.org.

Comments are requested by October 11, 2012.


About the IAESB
The IAESB develops education standards, guidance, and information papers for use by IFAC member bodies under a shared standard-setting process involving the Public Interest Oversight Board, which oversees the activities of the IAESB, and the IAESB Consultative Advisory Group, which provides public interest input into the development of the standards and guidance. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IAESB are facilitated by IFAC.

About IFAC
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. It is comprised of 167 members and associates in 127 countries and jurisdictions, representing approximately 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce.


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