IASB Chair discusses the IASB work plan

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Jun 24, 2022

At the IFRS Foundation Conference currently held in London, IASB Chair Andreas Barckow discussed the IASB’s decisions on its work plan as a result of the outcomes of the IASB's third agenda consultation and the rationale for these decisions.

Mr. Barckow grouped his arguments into five major messages the IASB received from its stakeholders:

  • Completing the IASB's current work plan. The IASB will prioritize completing projects currently on the agenda before beginning new ones. It expects to continue the deliberations on its current projects throughout 2022 and the majority (if not all) of 2023. Mr. Barckow described the projects on primary financial statements, goodwill and impairment, and rate-regulated activities as being "in an intense stage of decision-making".
  • Balancing the IASB's activities. Even though standard-setting is the core activity of the IASB, it also engages in supporting the consistent application of IFRSs, assisting the digital consumption of financial reports, and actively involving in stakeholder engagement around the world. The feedback received indicates that the balance of the IASB’s activities is about right, however, there were calls for increasing the efforts on digital reporting and on understandability and accessibility of the standards. Therefore, the IASB will provide for a modest increase in these two areas.
  • Two new research pipeline projects. The IASB considered the suggestions made by stakeholders and weighed them against the criteria set for adding new projects to its agenda and the likely time needed to complete its current projects. The IASB has decided to add a comprehensive review of its standard on intangible assets, IAS 38, and a project devoted to the statement of cash flows and related matters.
  • Climate-related risks as a maintenance pipeline project. As the IASB has already published educational guidance on how to consider climate-related risks in financial statements, this will not be a full-scale project in its own right. The IASB wants to investigate whether there are any shortcomings in today’s reporting in the financial statements by entities and, if so, whether these shortcomings are due to a deficiency in its literature. Interaction with the ISSB has also to be considered in this case. 
  • A limited reserve list of two further projects. The IASB has decided to create a reserve list of projects and add operating segments and pollutant pricing mechanisms to it. They will only be added to the work plan if additional capacity becomes available unexpectedly. If they are not activated, they will be included for consideration in the next agenda consultation.

Mr. Barckow concluded his remarks with short a short discussion of the connectivity between the IASB and the ISSB and where projects on the agenda of the two Boards may overlap.

Review the full transcript of his speech on the IFRS Foundation's website.


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