CESR report on GAAP equivalence to IFRSs

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02 Apr 2008

The Committee of European Securities Regulators has published its advice to the European Commission on the equivalence of Chinese, Japanese, and US GAAPs to International Financial Reporting Standards.

CESR's recommendations are:
  • CESR recommends the Commission find US GAAP equivalent to IFRS for use on EU markets.
  • CESR recommends the Commission consider Japanese GAAP equivalent, unless there is no adequate evidence of the Accounting Standards Board of Japan (ASBJ) achieving to timetable the objectives set out in the Tokyo Agreement.
  • CESR recommends the Commission postpone a final decision on Chinese GAAP until there is more information on the application of the New Chinese Accounting Standards by Chinese issuers. CESR points out that the first complete reporting period under the new Chinese standards will only be for 2007 accounting periods. Consequently there is as yet no evidence available concerning the concrete implementation of the standards by companies and auditors. CESR believes that evidence of adequate implementation is important in the context of an outcome-based definition of equivalence. However, if the Commission were minded to allow Chinese issuers to use Chinese GAAP when accessing EU markets, CESR would recommend the Commission consider accepting Chinese GAAP according to article 4 of the Commission Regulation on the mechanism, until such time as there is adequate evidence to enable a decision to be made under article 2 thereof.
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