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FRC Lab report on blockchain

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Jun 20, 2018

In June 2018, the Financial Reporting Lab of the UK Financial Reporting Council (FRC) released a new report that concludes that the growing use of blockchain means that those involved in corporate reporting processes need to consider its potential disruptive impact.

The Lab considered how current developments and use-cases of blockchain technology might impact corporate reporting processes in the future. In the report, the Lab use their digital reporting framework to explore how different technologies might impact the production, distribution and consumption of corporate reporting.

The report recommends actions for various groups who have an interest in this area including:

  • Regulators, standard-setters and professional bodies are encouraged to monitor blockchain developments and consider how they may impact corporate reporting.  The report recommends the creation of a forum where all those involved in corporate reporting can share and learn.
  • Preparers and users should focus on gaining a greater level of understanding and consider experimentation and cautious innovation when costs and benefits are balanced.

Review the report on the FRC's website.

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