| The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) has published the 2009 Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements. The handbook provides a single source for financial statement preparers to locate all International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSASs). These standards are intended to be used to prepare financial statements for national, state, and local governments and their agencies, as well as international public sector bodies, such as the United Nations and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
“The IPSASB is making significant progress on its ambitious work program to achieve substantial convergence with International Financial Reporting Standards. We plan to achieve this by the end of 2009,” states Mike Hathorn, IPSASB Chairman. “It is anticipated, therefore, that while changes to the 2009 handbook are minimal, changes to the 2010 handbook will be significant, with new IPSASs planned on financial instruments, intangible assets, entity combinations, and agriculture,” adds Hathorn.
The 2009 IPSASB Handbook contains all pronouncements of the IPSASB as of December 31, 2008, as well as the Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants issued by the International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants. The Code is applicable to all professional accountants, including those practicing in the public sector. The updated handbook also includes editorial corrections identified since the publication of the 2008 handbook, as well as amendments to the Code of Ethics.
The handbook can be downloaded free of charge in PDF format from the IFAC online bookstore (www.ifac.org/store), and print copies can be ordered now for immediate shipment. Print copies of the handbook are free of charge, except for a US$25.00 shipping cost.