German interpretation on accounting for electronic waste

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23 Jan 2006

The German Accounting Standards Board has issued AIC 2 Obligation to Dispose of Electrical and Electronic Equipment.

AIC 2 is immediately effective, with application for financial statements for periods ending on 31 December 2005 encouraged. AIC 2 covers those areas that were not addressed by the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee in IFRIC 6 Liabilities Arising from Participating in a Specific Market - Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment. Broadly described, the issues addressed in AIC 2 involve what constitutes the obligating event under IAS 37.17 for recognition of provisions for:
  • Historical waste from private households.
  • Historical waste from commercial users.
  • New waste from private households.
  • New waste from commercial users.
While the interpretation is written in the context of German law, some of the guidance may be relevant in other European jurisdictions as well. The interpretation is copyrighted by the Accounting Standards Committee of Germany. They have kindly given us permission to post both the (PDF 63k) and the (PDF 64k) on IASPlus.

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