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IESBA Proposes Change to Code of Ethics Definition of Those Charged with Governance

Jul 20, 2012 | New York, New York | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) today released for public exposure a proposed change to the definition of “those charged with governance” in the IESBA Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the Code).

The objectives of the change are to more closely align the definition of “those charged with governance” in the Code with that in the IAASB’s International Standard on Auditing (ISA) 260, Communication with Those Charged with Governance, and to eliminate any confusion as to how it is defined. The IESBA is of the opinion that the proposals do not call for any change in systems or common practice, should they be approved.

The change specifically aims to clarify that a subgroup, such as an audit committee, may assist the governing body in meeting its responsibilities. In those cases, the auditor shall determine with whom within the entity’s governance structure to communicate.

“Through this Exposure Draft, the IESBA seeks to ascertain whether the proposed change to the definition adequately clarifies the term ‘those charged with governance.’ The IESBA believes this will contribute to more consistent application of the Code, which is critical to our mission to support the global adoption and implementation of the Code,” said Ken Dakdduk, chair of the IESBA.

How to Comment
The IESBA invites all stakeholders to comment on its proposals in the Exposure Draft, Proposed Change to the Definition of “Those Charged with Governance.” To submit a comment, visit the IESBA website at Comments on the Exposure Draft are requested by October 31, 2012.


About the IESBA
The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) is an independent standard-setting board that develops and issues, in the public interest, high-quality ethical standards and other pronouncements for professional accountants worldwide. Through its activities, the IESBA develops the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants, which establishes ethical requirements for professional accountants. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IESBA are facilitated by IFAC. Please visit for more information.

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. IFAC 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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