Protecting The Public Interest

AIA protects the public interest by making sure that our members, their firms, and our students maintain the highest standards of professional competency and conduct. This is embedded throughout everything we do, from our qualifications, robust membership requirements, supervision and regulation of our members, and our production of research, best practice, and skills guidance.

An Ethical Education and High Standards

On completion of our professional qualifications, our students not only achieve a qualification equivalent to a UK master’s degree, but also attain a developed understanding of professional ethics. Ethical conduct is embedded throughout our syllabus at all levels, and we also have an Ethics and Professional Practice paper at the final stage, which tests students’ understanding of the ethical behaviour expected from professional accountants. The learning doesn’t stop there, and ethics is a regular topic in our continuing professional development programme.

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Continuous Supervision and Regulation

AIA’s robust membership requirements and disciplinary framework adds additional reassurance and protection to the businesses and individuals that rely on accountancy services. AIA is a supervisory body under the UK and ROI Money Laundering Regulations and is regulated by the Office for Professional Body Anti-Money Laundering Supervision (OPBAS).

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Quality Assurance
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Public Hearings
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Outstanding Corporate Governance

In line with best corporate practice, we actively nurture an organisational culture that is aligned with AIA’s vision, mission, values, and strategy, promoting integrity and valuing diversity. This applies throughout our organisation, from our team working at the AIA Head Office, right up to board level.

Governance
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Ethics and Values
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Diversity and Inclusion
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Speaking up for our Members and the Public

AIA’s engagement with government, standard setters, regulators, and other stakeholders ensures we remain at the forefront of the profession by shaping its future and that best practice is maintained.

Policy and Public Affairs

Our policies are developed in collaboration with our members through a range of working groups, and regular updates keep them informed of the latest policy developments. Here’s a taste of our most recent policy and public affairs activities:

Consultations
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Autumn Budget 2022
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Sustainability and SMEs
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Green Finance
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Economic Crime
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