Business people

Founded in 1928, the Association of International Accountants (AIA) is a global membership body for professional accountants, which promotes the concept of ‘international accounting’. We have created a global network of world class accountants in over 80 countries worldwide by offering high-quality, relevant and innovative qualifications; alongside the provision of first-class and tailored services for our members around the world.

In the UK, AIA is a Recognised Qualifying Body (RQB) for statutory auditors, and as such we are regulated by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

AIA works in the public interest, ensuring that our members are appropriately regulated for the work that they carry out. AIA is a Prescribed Body under the Companies (Auditing and Accounting) Act 2003 in the Republic of Ireland and we also have supervisory status for our members under the UK Money Laundering Regulations 2007.

AIA believes in creating a global accountancy profession; and we support the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) in their vision of a global accountancy profession recognised as a valued leader in the development of strong and sustainable organisations, financial markets and economies. AIA has adopted IFAC’s Code of Ethics for professional accountants and also incorporates IFAC’s International Education Standards (IES) into our own policies and procedures.

AIA has members working throughout the whole spectrum of the accountancy profession. Many of our members are at the top of the accountancy industry, from senior management to director level. Conversely, significant numbers of our members work in small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) and we strive to champion the importance of SMEs and their needs.

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh is also an Honorary Member of the AIA.