25 June 2020

IASB issues amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts to help companies with implementation

The International Accounting Standards Board (Board) has today issued amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts aimed at helping companies implement the Standard and making it easier for them to explain their financial performance.

The fundamental principles introduced when the Board first issued IFRS 17 in May 2017 remain unaffected. The amendments, which respond to feedback from stakeholders, are designed to:

  • reduce costs by simplifying some requirements in the Standard;
  • make financial performance easier to explain; and
  • ease transition by deferring the effective date of the Standard to 2023 and by providing additional relief to reduce the effort required when applying IFRS 17 for the first time.

Hans Hoogervorst, Chair of the International Accounting Standards Board, said:

We have listened to feedback and made changes to IFRS 17 that will help companies with the implementation of this much-needed Standard.

The deferral of the effective date by two years, to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2023, is intended to allow time for an orderly adoption of the amended IFRS 17 by jurisdictions around the world. This should enable more insurers to implement the new Standard at the same time.

The Board has also issued an amendment to the previous insurance contracts Standard, IFRS 4, so that eligible insurers can still apply IFRS 9 Financial Instruments alongside IFRS 17.

Access Amendments to IFRS 17 (eIFRS subscription required).

Access the pre-recorded webcast about the amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts.

Access the Project Summary and Feedback Statement for an overview of the Board’s project and a summary of how it has responded to stakeholders’ comments.

A Proposed IFRS Taxonomy Update to reflect these amendments will be published for comment in July 2020.

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