International Accounting Standards Board
The IASB was founded on April 1, 2001 as the successor to the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC). It is responsible for developing International Financial Reporting Standards (the new name for International Accounting Standards issued after 2001), and promoting the use and application of these standards.
On December 31, 2001, the International Accounting Standards Foundation (IASF) was incorporated as a tax-exempt organization in the U.S. state of Delaware. On February 6, 2001, the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation was also incorporated as a tax-exempt organization in Delaware. The IFRS Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation. Its primary mission is to develop, in the public interest, a single set of high quality, understandable, enforceable and globally accepted International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) based upon clearly articulated principles.
IFRS are developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the independent standard-setting body of the IFRS Foundation. The IASB assumed accounting standard-setting responsibilities from its predecessor body, the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC), on 1 March 2001,. This was the culmination of a restructuring based on the recommendations of the report Recommendations on Shaping IASC for the Future.
The IASB forms part the three-tier structure employed by the IFRS Foundation and is responsible for setting International Financial Reporting Standards, (international accounting standards) and related technical activities. The IASB is overseen by the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation, responsible for the organisation's governance, the appointment of IASB members and funding. The IFRS Foundation is publicly accountable to a Monitoring Board of capital market authorities.
The IASB originally had 14 full-time Board members, each with one vote. They are selected as a group of experts with a mix of experience of standard-setting, preparing and using accounts, and academic work. At their January 2009 meeting the Trustees of the Foundation concluded the first part of the second Constitution Review, announcing the creation of a Monitoring Board and the expansion of the IASB to 16 members and giving more consideration to the geographical composition of the IASB.
The IFRS Interpretations Committee has 14 members. Its brief is to provide timely guidance on issues that arise in practice.
A unanimous vote is not necessary in order for the publication of a Standard, exposure draft, or final "IFRIC" Interpretation. The Board's 2008 Due Process manual stated that approval by nine of the members is required.
The members (as of July 2014) are:
- Hans Hoogervorst (Chairman), Netherlands, former Minister of Health, Minister of Finance
- Ian Mackintosh (Vice-chairman), New Zealand, former Coopers & Lybrand, Chief Accountant Australian Securities and Investments Commission
- Stephen Cooper, UK, UBS Investment Research
- Phillipe Danjou, France, former Arthur Andersen, AMF (Financial Markets Authority of France)
- Martin Edelmann, former Group Reporting at Deutsche Bank AG
- Patrick Finnegan, USA, formerly of the CFA Institute
- Gary Kabureck (USA)
- Sue Lloyd (New Zealand)
- Amaro Luiz de Oliveira Gomes (Brazil)
- Takatsugu Ochi (Japan)
- Darrel Scott (South Africa)
- Mary Tokar (USA)
- Chungwoo Suh (Korea Republic)
- Zhang Wei-Guo, China, former Professor in Shanghai, China Acc. Standards Committee
The IFRS Foundation raises funds for the operation of the IASB. Most contributors are banks and other companies which use or have an interest in promoting international standards. In 2008, American companies gave £2.4m, more than those of any other country. However, contributions fell in the wake of the financial crisis of 2007–2010, and a shortfall was reported in 2010.
- IFRS Foundation, 2012. About the IFRS Foundation and the IASB. Retrieved on April 28, 2012.
- File No. 3348349
- File No. 3353113
- Due Process Handbook, IASB, 2008
- A Welcome from the incoming Chairman of the IASB, IFRS, 01 July 2011
- Who we are and what we do, IASB, July 2010
- Lehman collapse contributed to IASB funding issues, Accountancy Age, 6 Apr 2010
- National accounting standard-setting bodies
- The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
- Accounting Standards Board of Japan
- Australian Accounting Standards Board
- Accounting Standards Board - South Africa
- Accounting Standards Review Board - NZ
- Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board - US
- Financial Accounting Standards Board - US
- Malaysian Accounting Standards Board
- The Accounting Standards Board Limited - UK
- International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board - US
- Iranian accounting standards board
- Singapore Accounting Standards Council
- IFRS List - The online community about IFRS/IAS and Auditing
- CFO.com's FASB-IASB news archive
- FASB and IASB: Dependence Despite Independence (Social Science Research Network paper)