The Institute of Cost Accountants of India is a premier statutory professional accountancy body in India with the objects of promoting, regulating and developing the profession of Cost Accountancy. It is the only licensing cum regulating body of Cost & Management Accountancy profession in India. It recommends the Cost Accounting Standards to be followed by companies in India to which statutory maintenance of cost records applicable. ICAI is solely responsible for setting the auditing and assurance standards for statutory Cost Audit to be followed in the Audit of Cost statements in India. It also issues other technical guidelines on several aspects like Internal Audit, Management Accounting etc. to be followed by practising Cost Accountants while discharging their services. It works closely with the industries, various departments of Government of India, State governments in India and other Regulating Authorities in India e.g. Reserve Bank of India, Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority, Securities and Exchange Board of India etc. on several aspects of performance, cost optimisation and reporting. The ICAI is a Founder Member of the International Federation of Accountants , Confederation of Asian and Pacific Accountants and South Asian Federation of Accountants . ICAI is a member of the National Foundation of Corporate Governance. The headquarters of ICAI is situated in Kolkata, and operates through its four regional councils located at Kolkata, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai, 94 chapters in India and 78 chapters abroad. ^ "Founding Members of IFAC in 1977". Ifac.org. Retrieved 2012-07-30. ^ "ICWAI Membership of CAPA". Capa.com.my. 1 July 1949. Retrieved 2012-07-30. ^ "ICAI membership of SAFA". Esafa.org. Retrieved 2012-07-30. ^ Seemant Ahlawat . "Stakeholder in NFCG". Nfcgindia.org. Retrieved 2012-07-30.
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