Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants
Logo of HKICPA
|Predecessor||Hong Kong Society of Accountants|
|Formation||1 January 1973|
|Legal status||Statutory body corporate established under Professional Accountants Ordinance|
|Headquarters||Wanchai, Hong Kong|
|Member's designations||CPA, CPA (Practising), FCPA, FCPA (Practising)|
|Chief executive and registrar||Raphael Ding|
|IFAC member since||7 October 1977|
Its main responsibilities are:
- Registering accountants and issuing practising certificates.
- Regulating the professional conduct and standards of members.
- Setting codes of ethics and standards of accounting and auditing.
- Regulating the quality of entry to the profession through its qualification programme and related courses.
- Providing continuing education and other services to members.
- Promoting the accountancy profession both in Hong Kong and overseas.
Recognition with other institutions
Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Prior to 2002, Hong Kong accountants were allowed to obtain full memberships from both Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and HKICPA under a joint examination scheme between the two institutions. A mutual recognition agreement was then announced between the two institutions; this has been renewed from 2010 until 2015.
Institutes of Chartered Accountants
HKICPA has Mutual Recognition Agreements with the major Chartered Accountant bodies worldwide:
- American Institute of Certified Public Accountants since October 2011
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
- Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia
- Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants
- New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants
- South African Institute of Chartered Accountants
- Institute of Chartered Accountants of Zimbabwe
These agreements, in general, only apply to relatively recent HKICPA members who qualified through the Qualification Programme.
Other overseas bodies or British qualified accountants
HKICPA also has recognition arrangements in place with:
- Association of International Accountants
- Chartered Institute of Management Accountants
- CPA Australia
Incorporated by the Professional Accountants Ordinance (Chapter 50 of the Laws of Hong Kong) on 1 January 1973, the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants (the Institute) is the only statutory licensing body of accountants in Hong Kong responsible for regulation of the accountancy profession. There is an associate organisation called the HKAAT.
The Institute is a member body of the following international or regional organisations :
- Asia Oceania Tax Consultants' Association
- Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants
- International Accounting Standards Board
- International Federation of Accountants
- International Federation of Insolvency Practitioners