Discussion Paper on initial measurement

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17 Nov 2005

The IASB has published for public comment a Discussion Paper Measurement Bases for Financial Reporting - Measurement on Initial Recognition.

The Discussion Paper, prepared by staff of the Canadian Accounting Standards Board (AcSB), analyses possible bases for measuring assets and liabilities on initial recognition. These include:

  • historical cost,
  • current cost,
  • fair value,

  • net realisable value,
  • value in use, and
  • deprival value.
The Paper evaluates the possible bases against criteria derived from the IASB Framework, as well as developments in finance theory, present value and statistical probability principles, and measurement practices. Neither the IASB nor the AcSB has yet debated the Discussion Paper. The IASB invites comments by 19 May 2006. Comments received will be analysed by staff of the AcSB. Their analysis and copies of responses will be provided to the IASB. The full Discussion Paper and a condensed version are now available to subscribers on the IASB's website. They will be freely available from 28 November 2005. Click for IASB Press Release (PDF 54k).

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