IAS 28 — Impairment of investments in associates
The IFRIC received a request to consider whether guidance was needed on how impairment of investments in associates should be determined in the separate financial statements of the investor.
The IFRIC noted that IAS 36 Impairment of Assets provides clear guidance that its requirements apply to impairment losses of investments in associates when the associate is accounted for using the equity method. However, in its separate financial statements, the investor may account for its investment in an associate at cost. The IFRIC concluded that it is not clear whether in its separate financial statements the investor should determine impairment in accordance with IAS 36 or IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement.
Decision not to add
In view of the existing guidance in IFRSs, the IFRIC concluded that significant diversity is likely to exist in practice on this issue. The IFRIC decided that it could be best resolved by referring it to the IASB. Therefore, the IFRIC decided not to add this issue to its agenda.
IFRIC reference: IAS 28-3