The 2011-2012 IESBA Strategy and Work Plan, which sets the direction and priorities for the activities of the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA), has been approved by the IESBA, the IESBA Consultative Advisory Group, and the Public Interest Oversight Board.
The IESBA plans to build upon the strong base established by the revised Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (the IESBA Code) issued in July 2009. The 2011-2012 Strategy and Work Plan is focused on three strategic areas: development of standards; adoption and implementation; and convergence.
The IESBA plans to develop additional guidance for professional accountants on identifying and addressing a conflict of interest, responding to suspected illegal acts, and dealing with a breach of an independence requirement of the IESBA Code.
The IESBA will also consider recommendations of an IESBA Working Group tasked with reporting on the unique and challenging issues faced by professional accountants in small- and medium-sized entities and small- and medium-sized practices in complying with the IESBA Code.
To determine the best course of action for furthering its objective of achieving convergence of the IESBA Code and national standards and regulations, the IESBA will also consider input from regulators and national standard setters and compare key provisions in the IESBA Code to the standards and regulations of select jurisdictions.
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