CESR consultation on equivalence of national GAAPs and IFRSs

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02 Jan 2008

The Committee of European Securities Regulators (CESR) has launched a consultation on the equivalence of Chinese, Japanese, and US GAAPs to IFRSs.

The Consultation Paper includes CESR's draft conclusions on such equivalence. Responses to the consultation are requested by 25 February 2008. CESR will hold an open hearing on the issue at its offices in Paris on 21 January 2008. CESR will consider the views received in developing its advice to the European Commission, which CESR expects to submit by 31 March 2008. The Commission plans to make its decisions by 1 July 2008 regarding the equivalence of third country (non-EU) GAAPs under the Prospectus and Transparency Directives. Click for:

Overview of CESR's draft conclusions

United States GAAP. CESR believes US GAAP and IFRS are converging and will continue to evolve on a combined basis to an extent where they are effectively equivalent to each other and would therefore recommend that the Commission finds US GAAP equivalent to IFRS for use on EU markets.

Japanese GAAP. CESR does not necessarily believe itself in a position to comment on the [Accounting Standards Board of Japan's work] programme but has no reason to doubt that the ASBJ may well be able to achieve this objective. It is clear that if the ASBJ is successful in achieving its objectives there is no reason that CESR should not agree to Japanese GAAP being considered equivalent as at that stage all the issues identified in its 2005 advice will have been addressed. Consequently, CESR would recommend that, come June 2008, the Commission should consider Japanese GAAP equivalent, unless there is no adequate evidence of the ASBJ achieving to timetable the objectives set out in the Tokyo Agreement.

Chinese GAAP. CESR would recommend that the Commission postpones a final decision on Chinese GAAP until there is more information on the issues outlined above [essentially, assessment of implementation of new Chinese standards in 2007], because CESR believes that evidence of adequate implementation is important in the context of an outcome-based definition of equivalence.

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