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The Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA) is an internationally recognised professional accountancy membership body, whose members work for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), or who run or work in small and medium-sized accounting practices (SMPs) that advise SMEs.
We support over 10,000 members and students in more than 80 countries with a programme of professional qualifications and education, as well as resources, events, training and seminars. We have a highly experienced senior management team, many of whom have held high-profile leadership roles for the accountancy profession's leading chartered bodies. We have a lively and engaged branch network and an active worldwide membership.
Our members uphold high standards of conduct, confidentiality and ethics; they undertake annual continuing professional development (CPD) activities.
The IFA is a full member of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), the global accounting standard-setter and regulator. We have also been formally recognised as an awarding organisation by Ofqual, the UK public body responsible for maintaining and monitoring standards for general and vocational qualifications and examinations, underlining the quality of our work and the integrity of our qualifications.
As a full member of IFAC, all banks and building societies should accept IFA members for signing off accounts. To find out more information on recognised banks and building societies please click here.
We are also recognised by HM Treasury to regulate our members for the purposes of the Money Laundering Regulations 2007.