The Public Sector Accounting Standards Council

The Public Sector Accounting Standards Council

The Public Sector Accounting Standards Council was established by the annual Budget Act on the 30th December 2008 and supersedes the Public Accounting Standards Committee. This new Council is in charge of setting the accounting standards of all entities with a non-market activity and primarily funded by public funding, including contributions. The Central Government and the government- organisations, territorial authorities and local public agencies, social security organisations are all within the jurisdiction of the CNOCP. Extending the scope of the former Public Accounting Standards Committee which used to only regulate the French Central government accounting standards has empowered Public Finances with the ability to deal with a consistent accounting policy for the whole of French Public Administrations.

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Conceptual Framework for Public Accounts

The “Conceptual Framework for Public Accounts” sets out the principles applicable to all government units within the CNOCP’s jurisdiction. It sets out the concepts underlying the accounting standards applicable to government units. These elements of accounting “doctrine” should be viewed in the context of the French legal framework, including the Constitution which sets out quality requirements for general government accounts. The “Conceptual Framework for Public Accounts” is not a standard. It provides the public sector standard-setter (CNOCP) with a basis for determining the circumstances in which it is appropriate to adopt or adapt a rule applicable to business entities or whether an innovative conceptual approach is required to reflect the specific features of public action in the financial statements.

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Work Plan

Each year the Public Sector Accounting Standards Council adopts its Work Plan that lists the studies to be committed over the coming year. The Plan may be modified by lashings and international consultations whose timing is not always known in advance.

Central Government Accounting Standards

The Central Government Accounting Standards apply to the French Central Government. It contains an introduction, 19 accounting standards and a glossary.

Public Establishments Accounting Standards

The Public Establishments Accounting Standards Manual comprises an introduction, nineteen accounting standards and a glossary. The requirements of this Manual are applicable to the financial statements of entities within its scope as from 1 January 2016. This Manual applies to entities within the provisions of Article 1, Paragraphs 4 to 6, of the Order of 7 November 2012 on budgetary management and public accounting requirements, with the exception of public establishments of an administrative nature that apply the Single Chart of Accounts for Social Security Organisation



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CNOCP Newsletter

Annual Reports

CNOCP Comments to IPSAS Board Consultations - 2019

The CNOCP answers systematically to IPSAS Board Discussion Papers, Consultation Papers and Exposure Drafts.


  • 11 April 2019 -

Exposure Draft "ED 67 - Collective and Individual Services and Emergency Relief (Amendments to IPSAS 19)" (PDF - 143.78 Ko)

Handbook of IPSAS Pronouncements

The Handbook of International Public Sector Accounting Pronouncements, 2015 Edition of the IPSAS Board has been translated into French by the CNOCP. The two French IFAC Members, the Compagnie nationale des commissaires aux comptes and the Conseil supérieur de l'Ordre des experts-comptables lend their support to this Work.

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Classification of IPSAS Standards

The objective of the document is to provide an in-depth review of IPSASs in the context of the future development of EPSASs

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