The International Public Sector Accounting Standards Board (IPSASB) has launched a centrally located digital gateway to the international standards that guide the accountancy profession, including IPSAS, the international accrual-based accounting standards

eIS, or e-International Standards, aims to make the official standards of the IPSASB more accessible and easily digestible by allowing for convenient digital access anywhere with an internet connection and across multiple devices.

Previously, the standards were only available as harder-to-navigate PDFs or as printed copies and handbooks. The intuitive navigation, advanced search functions and filters, and straightforward controls of eIS make the standards easier to access and utilize. Current and previous versions of standards are available in one place for use and comparison without the need to obtain multiple handbook editions.

IPSASB chair Ian Carruthers said: “Accrual financial reporting is fundamental to transparency and accountability in the public sector, as well as providing information for good decision making. By 2030, 81% of the jurisdictions in the 2021 International Public Sector Accountability Index reporting on accrual are projected to be making use of IPSAS as part of their accrual financial reporting frameworks. Given the projected growth of IPSAS adoption and implementation globally, eIS is a timely and crucial platform that will improve the accessibility of the standards.”

eIS was developed by IFAC collaboratively with the IESBA, the IAASB, and the IPSASB. The four organizations, through surveys and conversations with key stakeholders, identified the key elements required to deliver a practical, modern platform allowing the profession easier access to international standards, while providing enhanced usability.