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IFRS Interpretations Committee

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Role of the IFRS Interpretations Committee

Under the IFRS Foundation Constitution, the IFRS Interpretations Committee (the 'Committee'), formerly called the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee (IFRIC), has the following roles:

  • interpret the application of IFRSs and provide timely guidance on financial reporting issues not specifically addressed in IFRSs, in the context of the IASB’s Framework, and undertake other tasks at the request of the IASB
  • in carrying out its work above, have regard to the IASB‘s objective of working actively with national standard-setters to bring about convergence of national accounting standards and IFRSs to high quality solutions
  • publish after clearance by the IASB draft Interpretations for public comment and consider comments made within a reasonable period before finalising an Interpretation
  • report to the IASB and obtain the approval of nine of its members for final Interpretations if there are fewer than sixteen members, or by ten of its members if there are sixteen members.


The Committee comprises fourteen voting members, appointed by the IFRS Foundation Trustees for renewable terms of three years.

The Trustees select members of the Committee so that it comprises a group of people representing, within that group, the best available combination of technical expertise and diversity of international business and market experience in the practical application of IFRSs and analysis of financial statements prepared in accordance with IFRSs.

Development and approval of Interpretations

Interpretations are developed by the Committee, exposed for public comment (these are called Draft Interpretations and numbered D1, D2, etc.), approved by IFRIC, and then sent to the IASB Board for review and approval as Final Interpretations. At the IFRIC level, consensus is reached if not more than three of the 14 Interpretations Committee members object to a draft Interpretation or final Interpretation. At the Board level, the same vote is required as for a Standard, which is 9 of the 14 Board members.

Authority of Interpretations

Interpretations are part of IASB's authoritative literature (see IAS 1 Presentation of Financial Statements). Therefore, financial statements may not be described as complying with International Financial Reporting Standards unless they comply with all the requirements of each applicable Standard and each applicable Interpretation.

Annual improvements

In 2009 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) asked the (then) IFRIC to assume responsibility for the annual process for making relatively minor improvements to IFRSs. The IASB must approve both the Exposure Draft of proposed improvements and the final improvements (which are amendments to IFRSs).

Current membership of the IFRS Interpretations Committee

Voting members

Name Position Term
Lisa Bomba Managing Director, Deutsche Bank Term expires 30 June 2022
Carl Douglas Corporate Controller, CCR Group Term expires 30 June 2020
Bonnie Van Etten Head of Fiat and Chrysler Group Global Technical Accounting and Accounting Research, Chrysler Group LLC Term expires 30 June 2020
Karsten Ganssauge Senior Partner, Global Accounting Consulting Services, PwC Term expires 30 June 2022
Jake Green Technical Partner, Grant Thornton UK LLP Term expires 30 June 2022
Mikael Hagström Head of Corporate Financial Reporting, Volvo Group Term expires 30 June 2020
Jongsoo Han Board member of the Korea Accounting Standards Board (KASB) and Vice-President of the Korea Accounting Association Term expires 30 June 2021
Guy Jones Partner in the Toronto office of EY’s Professional Practice Group and member of EY’s Global IFRS Policy Committee Term expires 30 June 2021
Goro Kumagai Senior Fellow of the Markets Strategic Intelligence Department at Mizuho Securities Co. and Visiting Professor of the Graduate School of Management at Kyoto University Term expires 30 June 2021
Bruce Mackenzie Managing Partner, W Consulting International Term expires 30 June 2020
Brian O'Donovan Partner, KPMG Term expires 30 June 2022
Bertrand Perrin Director, Accounting Standards & Special Projects at Vivendi Term expires 30 June 2022
Robert Uhl Partner and Leader of Deloitte's IFRS Centre of Excellence in the United States and member of the Deloitte IFRS Leadership Team Term expires 30 June 2021
Yang Zheng Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of China Life Insurance Company Term expires 30 June 2022

Non-voting chair

  • Sue Lloyd, IFRS Interpretations Committee Chair and IASB Vice-Chair

Official observers

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