Summary of the April 2019 ASAF meeting now available

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13 May 2019

The IASB staff have published a summary of the Accounting Standards Advisory Forum (ASAF) meeting held in London on 1 and 2 April 2019.

The topics covered during the meeting were the following (numbers in brackets are references to the corresponding paragraphs of the summary):

  • Accounting treatment of ICOs and tokens in France (1–14): The ANC member provided an overview of the accounting regulation for Initial Coin Offerings and tokens issued by the ANC in December 2018. Aspects considered by the ASAF members were the application of IFRS, holders, prevalence, and legitimisation.
  • Management commentary (15–36): The objective of the session was to receive the ASAF members' input on the staff's proposals. Aspects considered by the ASAF members were the interaction between management commentary and other reports, providing information 'through the eyes of management' and the interplay with users' information needs and with the concept of neutrality, forward-looking information in management commentary, and information about tax in management commentary.
  • IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts (37–46): The objective of the session was to ask ASAF members’ views on the Board’s tentative decisions on possible amendments to IFRS17 Insurance Contracts. Topics discussed by the ASAF members were loans that transfer insurance risk, acquisition cash flows for renewals, profit allocation for some contracts, the risk mitigation option, balance sheet presentation, transition, and the level of aggregation.
  • Onerous Contracts — Cost of Fulfilling a Contract (47–52): ASAF members provided preliminary views on the exposure draft.
  • Accounting Policy Changes (53–58): ASAF members provided views on how to proceed with this project.
  • Provisions (59–68): ASAF members provided views on research to date and future of this project. Topics discussed by the ASAF members were aligning the liability definition with the Conceptual Framework, clarifying which costs to include, clarifying whether the discount rate should reflect the own credit risk, and several other topics.
  • Subsidiaries that are SMEs (69–74): The objective of the session was to obtain ASAF members’ views on the likelihood of a standard that permits a subsidiary of a parent entity that applies IFRSs to apply the recognition and measurement requirements of IFRSs and the disclosures requirements in the IFRS for SMEs, should the Board proceed with the project, being adopted in the ASAF members' jurisdictions.
  • Application of IFRS Practice Statement 2: Making Materiality Judgements to reporting climate related and other emerging risk issues on financial statements (75–81): The AASB presented its December 2018 guidance Climate-related and other emerging risks disclosures: assessing financial statement materiality using AASB Practice Statement 2. The objective of the session was to obtain ASAF members’ advice on whether the guidance is useful and any similar recent developments in ASAF member jurisdictions.
  • Improving the impairment testing model in IAS 36 Impairment of Assets (82–89): A representative of the AASB presented the AASB Research Report 9 Perspectives on IAS 36: A case for standard setting activity. The objective of the session was for the AASB to share the results of their research and seek feedback from other ASAF members.
  • Business Combinations under Common Control (90–94): ASAF members provided views on the accounting approach to business combination under common control between entities that are wholly owned by the controlling party.
  • Targeted standards-level review of disclosures (95–105): The purpose of the session was to seek ASAF members’ views on potential disclosure requirements identified by users of financial statements during outreach relating to IAS 19 Employee Benefits and IFRS 13 Fair Value Measurement.
  • IFRS Foundation – Due Process Handbook Review (106–113): The staff presented what was at the time of the meeting a preview of the amendments that were proposed on 30 April to the Due Process Handbook. The main amendments relate to effects analysis and agenda decisions.

A full summary of the meeting is available on the IASB's website.

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