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IPSASB Initiates Annual Improvements Program with Release of New Exposure Draft

Jun 30, 2009 | New York | English

To enhance the usability of International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs) and thus facilitate global convergence, the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has launched an improvements project with the release of Exposure Draft (ED) 42, Improvements to IPSASs. This ED is the first of a proposed series of annual improvements to the IPSASs and is modeled on the successful annual improvements program developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

The proposed amendments in the ED are related primarily to the recognition, measurement, or disclosure requirements but do not represent substantive revisions to the content of existing standards. They reflect changes made by the IASB to related International Financial Reporting Standards.

"The financial reporting world of the public sector is a dynamic one," states Mike Hathorn, IPSASB Chairman, "and it is necessary for the IPSASB to continually reassess the IPSASs to ensure that they are relevant to users of public sector financial statements and easy to use by preparers of financial statements."

How to Comment

Comments on ED 42 are requested by September 30, 2009. The ED may be viewed by going to Respondents are asked to send their comments electronically through the IFAC website, using the "Submit a Comment" link on the Exposure Drafts and Consultation Papers page. Please note that first-time users must register to use this new feature. Although IFAC prefers that comments be submitted using the online submission system, e-mail may continue to be sent to and Comments can also be faxed to the attention of the IPSASB Technical Director at +1 (416) 977-8585, or mailed to the IPSASB Technical Director at 277 Wellington Street West, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3H2, Canada. All comments will be considered a matter of public record and will ultimately be posted on the IFAC website.

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 157 members and associates in 123 countries, representing more than 2.5 million accountants in public practice, education, government service, industry, and commerce. In addition to setting international public sector financial reporting standards through the IPSASB, IFAC sets ethics, auditing and assurance, and education standards. It also issues guidance to encourage high-quality performance by professional accountants in business.