IASB publishes proposed improvements to IFRS 8

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Mar 29, 2017

On March 29, 2017, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published an exposure draft "Improvements to IFRS 8, "Operating Segments" (Proposed amendments to IFRS 8 and IAS 34)". It contains proposed amendments in five areas. Comments are requested by July 31, 2017.

Suggested changes

The amendments proposed in ED/2017/2 Improvements to IFRS 8 'Operating Segments' (Proposed amendments to IFRS 8 and IAS 34) are:

  • Description of the chief operating decision maker. The IASB proposes to clarify IFRS 8 by:
    • stressing that the chief operating decision maker is the function that makes operating decisions and decisions about allocating resources to operating segments and assesses their performance;
    • noting that the chief operating decision maker can be an individual or a group;
    • stating that a group identified as a chief operating decision maker can have non-executive members; and
    • requiring that an entity discloses the title and description of the role of the individual or the group identified as the chief operating decision maker.
  • Identification of reportable segments. Proposed amendments to IFRS 8 regarding this issue include:
    • requiring that an explanation of the reasons is disclosed if segments identified in the financial statements differ from segments identified in other parts of the entity's reporting; and
    • adding further examples to the aggregation criteria for operating segments with similar economic characteristics.
  • Additional segment information. The IASB believes that IFRS 8 should be clarified by:
    • noting that under certain circumstances an entity may disclose segment information that goes beyond the information regularly provided to and reviewed by the chief operating decision maker.
  • Description of reconciling items. Regarding this issue IFRS 8 would be amended by:
    • clarifying that sufficiently detailed explanations are required for the reconciling items so that users can understand their nature.
  • Change in the composition of an entity’s reportable segments. This proposed amendment regards IAS 34 where the IASB suggests:
    • requiring that the first interim report after a change in the composition of an entity’s reportable segments must contain restated segment information for all interim periods presented.


Effective date and transition requirements

The exposure draft does not contain a proposed effective date which the IASB intends to decide on after the exposure. Nevertheless, has already concluded that earlier application would be permitted, however, the amendments to IFRS 8 and the amendments to IAS 34 must be applied at the same time.


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