IFAC and International Valuation Standards Council to Collaborate on Improving Global

The International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) and the International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding designed to enhance their respective impact on issues surrounding valuations-particularly those related to improving the consistency of global valuation standards affecting the preparation and audits of financial reports.

Michel Prada, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the IVSC, states, "Valuation standards, coupled with clear accounting and auditing principles, are key to the efficiency of the global market economy. This Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the cohesive and united approach of the IVSC, IFAC, and International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board (IAASB) to maintaining standards as global markets continue to develop."

"The current economic crisis has highlighted the challenges associated with the valuation of assets and liabilities by both preparers and auditors," says Bob Bunting, President of IFAC. "I am delighted that our two organizations will seek ways in which we can work together in serving the public interest. As a first step, I am encouraged that the IVSC will appoint a representative to serve on the consultative advisory group of the IAASB, which works to strengthen public confidence in the auditing profession by establishing high-quality, global auditing, assurance, quality control, and related services. I look forward to developing other areas of collaboration with the IVSC in the coming months."