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Bodies outside of the CCAB, such as AIA, would not be included in the ICAEW’s plans, despite being one of the longest-established global accountancy organisations (this year celebrating its 80th birthday); and being a Recognised Qualifying Body (RQB) under the Companies Act 1989 with over 13,000 members and students worldwide! While we support moves to protect the term ‘accountant’, we are extremely concerned to see that this debate is being undertaken behind closed doors by parties with strong vested interests. The report puts forward the commercial benefits to the ICAEW, referring to a “strategy to gain further streams of ACA students”, but fails to address the public’s interest in the matter. The ICAEW seems to be approaching the issue as a trade body protecting its own interests, rather than promoting the wider public good.
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