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IESBA Strengthens Global Ethics Standards to Respond to Transformative Effects of Technological Innovation

Revisions ensure that the IESBA Code remains relevant and fit for purpose as technology continues to advance rapidly

Apr 11, 2023 | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) today released final revisions to the International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) to further increase the Code’s robustness and expand its relevance in a world being fundamentally reshaped by rapid technological advancements and accelerating digitalization.

The revisions will guide the ethical mindset and behavior of professional accountants in both business and public practice as they take advantage of the opportunities created by technology and adapt to new technology. Developed to remain relevant and applicable in the ever-evolving landscape of technology transformation, the revisions apply to the use of any technology, including to the extent possible, future technologies.

“Technological innovation is transforming how work is performed and how professional services are delivered as well as enabling new services in ways never before imagined,” said Ms. Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, IESBA Chair. “It is crucial and in the public interest that we provide strong, clear and principles-based standards to equip professional accountants around the world in navigating the ethical risks and challenges brought on by technology.”

The revisions, which were informed by extensive fact-finding and stakeholder outreach:

  • Strengthen the Code in guiding the mindset and behavior of professional accountants when they use technology.
  • Provide enhanced guidance fit for the digital age in relation to the fundamental principles of confidentiality, and professional competence and due care, as well as in dealing with circumstances of complexity.
  • Strengthen and clarify the International Independence Standards (IIS) by addressing the circumstances in which firms and network firms may or may not provide a technology-related non-assurance service to an audit or assurance client.

The revisions to the IIS will be effective for audits and reviews of financial statements for periods beginning on or after December 15, 2024. The other revisions to the ethics provisions of the Code will be effective as of December 15, 2024. Early adoption is permitted.


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The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants serves the public interest by setting ethics standards, including independence requirements, as a cornerstone to ethical behavior in business and organizations, and to public trust in financial and non-financial information. Along with the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board, the IESBA is part of the International Foundation for Ethics and Audit. The Public Interest Oversight Board (PIOB) oversees IESBA and IAASB activities and the public interest responsiveness of the standards. For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please visit Permissions.