FRED 70 Draft amendments to FRS 101: Reduced Disclosure Framework - 2018/19 cycle


In January 2019, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) issued Financial Reporting Exposure Draft (FRED) 70 FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework - 2018/19 cycle.

FRED 70 arises from the annual review of FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework.

FRS 101 requires the application of the recognition and measurement requirements of EU-adopted IFRS with reduced disclosures. Unlike accounts that apply IFRS in full (IAS accounts), those prepared in accordance with FRS 101 (non-IAS accounts) must comply with detailed accounting requirements set out in company law. Some of these requirements conflict with the requirements of IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts. The primary conflict being in relation to Schedule 3 formats of the primary statements; the approach and methodology that underpins IFRS 17 is so fundamentally different that presenting amounts determined in accordance with that standard, within the formats laid down in law for non-IAS accounts, is not possible.

Consequently, FRED 70 proposes amendments to the definition of a ‘qualifying entity’ such that entities that are required both to comply with Schedule 3 to the Regulations and have contracts within the scope of IFRS 17 may not be qualifying entities. This means that these entities cannot apply FRS 101. The proposed amendment is necessary to ensure that insurance companies that are not required to, and choose not to, prepare IAS accounts, continue to comply with company law requirements by only applying FRS 102 The Financial Reporting Standard applicable in the UK and Republic of Ireland and FRS 103 Insurance Contracts.

Current status of the project

The FRC issued 'Amendments to FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework - 2018/19 cycle' in July 2019. The amendments take effect for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021. If an entity applies the recognition, measurement and disclosure requirements of IFRS 17 early, the amendments to FRS 101 are applied at the same time.

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