IASB publishes proposed amendments to IFRS 17

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26 Jun 2019

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published an exposure draft 'Amendments to IFRS 17' to address concerns and implementation challenges that were identified after IFRS 17 'Insurance Contracts' was published in 2017. Comments are requested by 25 September 2019.



Since IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts was issued in May 2017, the Board has been monitoring the implementation and has learned about concerns and implementation challenges. The Board had previously indicated that it would consider whether additional action is needed to address matters arising during implementation. At the October 2018 meeting of the Board a list of 25 potential amendments to the standard was identified and the criteria against which any possible amendment would be considered were agreed. 

Subsequent discussions in the project on possible amendments to IFRS 17 led to the proposed amendments that are included in today's exposure draft.


Suggested changes

The main changes proposed in ED/2019/4 Amendments to IFRS 17 are:

  • Deferral of the date of initial application of IFRS 17 by one year to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022 and change the fixed expiry date for the temporary exemption in IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts from applying IFRS 9 Financial Instruments, so that entities would be required to apply IFRS 9 for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2022.
  • Additional optional scope exclusion for loan contracts that transfer significant insurance risk and related transition requirements to enable entities issuing such contracts to account for those contracts applying either IFRS 17 or IFRS 9.
  • Additional scope exclusion for credit card contracts that provide insurance coverage.
  • Amendments regarding allocation, recognition, assessment of the recoverability, and disclosure regarding insurance acquisition cash flows relating to expected contract renewals.
  • Amendments regarding the contractual service margin (CSM) allocation relating to investment components and related disclosure requirements so that in the general model the CSM is allocated on the basis of coverage units that are determined by considering both insurance coverage and any investment return service.
  • Extension of the risk mitigation option to include reinsurance contracts held.
  • Amendments to require an entity that at initial recognition recognises losses on onerous insurance contracts issued to also recognise a gain on reinsurance contracts held.
  • Simplified presentation of insurance contracts in the statement of financial position so that entities would present insurance contract assets and liabilities in the statement of financial position determined using portfolios of insurance contracts rather than groups of insurance contracts.
  • Additional transition relief for business combinations.
  • Additional transition relief for the date of application of the risk mitigation option and the use of the fair value transition approach.

The exposure draft also contains several smaller proposed amendments.

Comments on the proposed changes are requested by 25 September 2019.


Effective date

The proposed effective date for the amendments would be the same as the proposed new effective date for IFRS 17 (1 January 2022) with early application permitted. The amendments would be applied retrospectively.


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