The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales has officially called for a suspension of the International Accounting Standards Board's financial reporting standards convergence program, saying the board's proposal would create high costs and significant uncertainties for unlisted companies.

The accountant group's chief executive, Eric Anstee, has said that more changes in the near future to U.K. standards -- designed to bring into effect IFRS requirements -- could backfire. He said that the international group should wait until a clear picture has emerged of the outcome of the international project on accounting by non-public companies.

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