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IPSASB Welcomes Findings from Review of Oversight Arrangements

Nov 16, 2020 | English

The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) today welcomed the Public Interest Committee’s recently released final Report: Review of the Oversight Arrangements for the International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board, addressing global feedback on the current arrangements and activities of the Committee.

Since its formation in 2015, the Public Interest Committee has actively provided advice and recommendations concerning the development and delivery of the IPSASB strategy and work program to ensure that the Board’s activities, the appointment process for its members, and its standard-setting due processes all reflect the public interest. The IPSASB is grateful to the current and former Committee members for their service, and the advice they have provided, as well as to the OECD, World Bank, IMF and INTOSAI for their support to date, and going forward.

“The implementation of formal independent public interest oversight arrangements through the establishment of the Public Interest Committee was a critical development for the IPSASB. Through its work in the intervening period, the Committee has made strong and positive impacts on public perceptions of the legitimacy of the IPSASB, the public interest focus of the Board and its standard setting processes, as well as its approach to stakeholder engagement,” said IPSASB Chair Ian Carruthers.

“I’m delighted the results of the public consultation exercise were overwhelmingly positive regarding the current oversight arrangements, as the Report states,” added Mr. Carruthers. “The IPSASB is committed to continuous improvement and working with the Committee to draw the most benefit from the points identified for further consideration, the importance of which will grow as IPSAS adoption and implementation globally continue to increase.”


About the IPSASB
The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) works to strengthen public financial management globally through developing and maintaining accrual-based International Public Sector Accounting Standards® (IPSAS®) and other high-quality financial reporting guidance for use by governments and other public sector entities. It also raises awareness of IPSAS and the benefits of accrual adoption. The Board receives support from the Asian Development Bank, the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada, the New Zealand External Reporting Board, and the governments of Canada and New Zealand. The structures and processes that support the operations of the IPSASB are facilitated by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). For copyright, trademark, and permissions information, please go to permissions or contact

About the Public Interest Committee
The governance and standard-setting activities of the IPSASB are overseen by the Public Interest Committee (PIC), to ensure that they follow due process and reflect the public interest. The PIC is comprised of individuals with expertise in public sector or financial reporting, and professional engagement in organizations that have an interest in promoting high-quality and internationally comparable financial information.