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Summary of the November 2016 GPF meeting

20 Jan 2017

Representatives of the IASB met with the Global Preparers Forum (GPF) in London on Tuesday, 29 November 2016. Notes from the meeting have now been released.

The topics discussed at the meeting included:

  • IASB and Interpretations Committee Update. Members were given an overview of the IASB's work plan and how it reflects the messages received during the Board’s 2015 Agenda Consultation. They discussed the relevance of IFRSs in view of the recent developments in integrated reporting and the increasing use of alternative performance measures. They also considered the process with respect to national standard-setters’ projects that contribute to IASB projects.
  • Post-implementation Review of IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement. As a part of phase 1 of the review, the staff sought feedback from the GPF members on their experience with implementing IFRS 13. The GPF members noted that IFRS 13 was generally working well but commented on some smaller matters.
  • Education Initiative commercial publications. The purpose of the session was to discuss possible improvements to A Guide through IFRS Standards (the ‘Green Book’) and A Briefing for Chief Executives, Audit Committees and Boards of Directors. As regards the Green Book, members commented on the basis of preparation, possible modifications, format of publication, and language and timing. On the second publication, members questioned whether the format of the publication was appropriate for the target audience and made several suggestions in this regard.
  • Definition of a business. The purpose of this session was to understand and discuss GPF members’ views on the exposure draft. Views were mixed and comments diverse.

The next GPF meeting will be held on 8 March 2017. The full meeting summary is available on the IASB's website.

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Updated IASB work plan — Analysis

19 Jan 2017

Following its January 2017 meeting, the IASB has updated its work plan. In particular, the new standard on insurance (IFRS 17) is now expected in May and no longer in March since the fatal flaw review revealed some small issues that the staff wants to lay before the Board before finalising the draft. Also, following yesterday's decision to take a project on IFRS 9 and prepayment options onto the agenda, the IASB now announces that it expects to publish an exposure draft on the issue in April.

Below is an analysis of all changes made to the work plan since the last update in December 2016.

Research projects

Standard-setting and related projects

  • Disclosure initiative: Materiality (practice statement) — the expected publication of the practice statement has moved forward and is now given as "within 6 months"
  • Insurance contracts — the expected issuance of the IFRS has been delayed to May since the fatal flaw review revealed some small issues that the staff wants to lay before the Board before finalising the draft

Nar­row-scope amend­ments

  • Improvements to IFRS 8 resulting from the post-implementation review of IFRS 8 — the expected publication of an exposure draft is now expected in April
  • Symmetric prepayment options — following yesterday's decision to take a related project onto the agenda, the IASB now announces that it expects to publish an exposure draft on the issue in April
  • Annual improvements to IFRSs 2015-2017 — following the publication of an exposure draft of proposed amendments earlier this month, the project is now marked as being in consultation phase with a decision on the project direction expected "within 6 months"

IFRS Taxonomy

  • In line with the delayed expected publication of the new insurance standard, the publication of a proposed related IFRS Taxonomy Update has also been pushed back to May

Post-implementation reviews

  • After the IASB has decided to move forward with a post-implementation review of IFRS 13, it now announces that it expects to issue a request for information "within 6 months"

The revised IASB work plan is available on the IASB's website.

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FASB and ASBJ hold biannual meeting

19 Jan 2017

On 18 and 19 January 2017, the FASB and the Accounting Standards Board of Japan (ASBJ) met in Tokyo. The meeting was the 21st in a series of biannual meetings between the two standard-setters.

In addition to giving updates on their respective standard-setting activities at the meeting, the two boards exchanged views on technical topics in which they both have an interest, including performance reporting, goodwill and intangible assets, and negative interest rates.

The next meeting between the FASB and ASBJ is expected to be held in the second half of 2017 in Norwalk. For more information about the meeting, see the press release on the ASBJ website.

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IASB decides on project on limited IFRS 9 amendments

18 Jan 2017

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has just voted (11 in favour, 1 against) to add a limited scope project on IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' to its agenda.

The project will look into whether a narrow-scope exception could be made to allow instruments with symmetric prepayment options to qualify for amortised cost or fair value through other comprehensive income measurement because they would otherwise fail the SPPI condition. Please see our summary of the agenda paper voted on for more details.

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IVSC publishes IVS 2017

18 Jan 2017

The International Valuation Standards Council (IVSC) has issued the suite of new International Valuation Standards (IVSs) that make up the 2017 IVS. They are the result of exposure drafts published in April and June 2016.

IVS 2017 consist of five general standards and six asset standards. The general standards offer guidance for all valuation assignments including terms of a valuation engagement, bases of value, valuation approaches and methods, and reporting. The asset standards include requirements related to specific types of assets.

More information and ordering details are available through the press release on the IVSC website.

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EFRAG TEG appointments and reappointments

17 Jan 2017

The Board of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has announced the appointment of six (new) members of its Technical Experts Group (TEG).

The new EFRAG TEG members is Silvia Dinova, auditor from Bulgaria. Deloitte's Andrew Spooner as well as Geert Ewalts, Günther Gebhardt, Heinz Hense, and Ambrogio Virgilio have been reappointed. All (re)appointments will run from 1 April 2017.

Please click for the press release announcing the appointments on the EFRAG website.

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Two research papers on the economic consequences of IFRS adoption in Korea

17 Jan 2017

The Korea Accounting Standards Board (KASB) has made available two more of the research papers commissioned as part of its comprehensive research project see whether the hoped for effects of IFRS adoption have come about.

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EFRAG believes IFRS 4 amendments address the main concerns of entities whose activities are predominantly related to insurance

13 Jan 2017

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has issued final endorsement advice 'Applying IFRS 9 'Financial Instruments' with IFRS 4 'Insurance Contracts''.

EFRAG assesses that, in the specific circumstances arising from the misalignment of effective dates of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments and the future insurance contracts standard, the amendments meet all technical endorsement criteria of the IAS Regulation. EFRAG further assesses that the amendments address the main concerns of entities whose activities are predominantly related to insurance, who are the most significantly affected by the issues arising from the misalignment of the effective dates of IFRS 9 and the forthcoming insurance contracts standard. On that basis, EFRAG assesses that adopting the amendments would be conducive to the European public good.

Please click to access the press release, that offers access to the endorsement advice on the EFRAG website. EFRAG has also updated its endorsement status report, which can be downloaded here.

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IASB article on putting IFRS 16 into practice

13 Jan 2017

The IASB has published an article featuring four IASB members discussing messages they have heard from stakeholders about IFRS 16 implementation over the last year and advice to companies implementing the new standard.

  • IASB Vice-Chair Sue Lloyd discusses transition options and benefits;
  • IASB Member Gary Kabureck explains early planning and practical steps;
  • IASB Member Darrel Scott expands on judgements and discount rates; and
  • IASB Member Stephen Cooper examines investor expectations and lease disclosures between now and 2019.

Please click to access the article on the IASB website.

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Recent sustainability and integrated reporting developments

13 Jan 2017

A summary of recent developments at the GRI/IIRC, IRC, and FASB.

The Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) has announced the Corporate Leadership Group on integrated reporting 2017 (CLGir 2017) and invites companies to apply to join the group. Coordinated by GRI and in collaboration with the International Integrated Reporting Council (IIRC), the CLGir 2017 will define themes for their explorations of practical topics, including how companies can embed sustainability into the heart of their operations and business strategy by leveraging GRI Standards and the IIRC framework. Please click for more information on the GRI website.

The Integrated Reporting Committee (IRC) of South Africa notes the challenges of disclosing performance against strategic objectives in an integrated report and has published an information paper highlighting the challenges and offers key considerations. Please click to access the paper on the IRC website.

The newest FASB Outlook newsletter provides a contribution by FASB member Marc Siegel titled "Should the FASB have a role in sustainability disclosures?". The article is a reaction to questions raised as to whether the FASB should promulgate standards requiring corporate disclosures about sustainability or environmental, social, and governance (ESG) issues. Mr Siegel concludes that the answer to the question of whether FASB should engage in sustainability and/or ESG issues "is not binary". He notes that the Board engages where those issues are within the boundaries of financial reporting set forth by the FASB's Conceptual Framework but that not all sustainability or ESG information is within the boundaries. Please click to access the article on the FASB website.

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