EFRAG urges comprehensive measurement debate

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23 Feb 2006

The Technical Expert Group of the European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG) has written to IASB Chairman Sir David Tweedie recommending that the IASB organise a comprehensive global debate on measurement.

An excerpt from the letter:

Measurement issues are at the core of many of the longer-duration projects on which the IASB is now working (including, for example, the projects considering revisions to IFRS 3 and IAS 37, and the fair value measurement guidance project). Many of these projects will determine the direction in which accounting will develop. We think it would be inappropriate for the IASB to publish any major new proposals or standards on measurement before the comprehensive measurement debate has taken place. Although we have argued before that the IASB should resolve framework issues before bringing forward proposals for standards that make assumptions about how those framework issues will be resolved, we understand that the IASB does not agree with this point of view. However, on measurement the issues involved are so fundamental and the concerns, misunderstandings, etc so great that we suspect that it would not be possible for the IASB to win acceptance for any such proposals or standards until the underlying fundamental issues have been resolved.

Click to Download EFRAG's Letter (PDF 94k).

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