Proposed new body to monitor the IASCF and IASB

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07 Nov 2007

The European Commission, the Financial Services Agency of Japan, the International Organization of Securities Commissions (IOSCO), and the US Securities and Exchange Commission have proposed the creation of a new monitoring body within the governance structure of the IASC Foundation.

This body would meet regularly with the IASCF Trustees to:
  • Review and comment on the IASB's work programme.
  • Participate in – and have final approval in the selection of – IASCF Trustees.
  • Review the Trustees' oversight activities.
Click to download the Joint Statement (PDF 72k). An excerpt:


Excerpt from the Joint IOSCO, EC, SEC, and FSAJ Statement

The IASB, which is overseen by the IASC Foundation Trustees, is an independent standard setter committed to developing, in the public interest, a single set of high quality, understandable, and enforceable global accounting standards. The IASC Foundation Trustees have scheduled a review of the Foundation's Constitution to begin in 2008. The authorities responsible for capital market regulation propose to utilize the opportunity of the Constitution Review to put forward, in collaboration with the IASC Foundation, certain changes to strengthen the Foundation's governance framework, while emphasizing the continued importance of an independent standard-setting process.

Central to this effort is the establishment of a new monitoring body within the governance structure of the IASC Foundation to reinforce the existing public interest oversight function of the IASC Foundation Trustees. The creation of such a monitoring body would serve to complement the Trustees in its representation of the interest of the global investor community, thereby enhancing public confidence in IFRS.

One key objective is to have the monitoring body meet regularly with IASC Foundation Trustees to discuss, review and comment on the IASB's work program. We expect the IASC Foundation and IASB Chairmen will also engage with relevant public authorities. The monitoring body would, together with the IASC Foundation Trustees and in consultation with the trustee appointments advisory group, participate in the selection of Trustees. The monitoring body would also be responsible for the final approval of Trustee nominees and would have the opportunity to review the Trustees' procedures for overseeing the standard-setting process and ensuring the IASB's proper funding.

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