|Extent of IFRS application||Status||Additional Information|
|IFRS Standards are required for domestic public companies||Required.|
|IFRS Standards are permitted but not required for domestic public companies|
|IFRS Standards are required or permitted for listings by foreign companies||There are no foreign companies whose shares are publicly traded on the Damascus Stock Exchange.|
|The IFRS for SMEs Standard is required or permitted||No. SMEs are not generally required to prepare general purpose financial statements. Those that do may use full IFRS Standards.|
|The IFRS for SMEs Standard is under consideration||No.|
Commitment to a single set of global accounting standards, and to IFRS Standards as those standards, is found in several laws and regulations that explicitly require the full adoption of IFRS Standards, such as:
See above for a list of, and links to, various laws and regulations explicitly requiring IFRS Standards.
Article 65(b) of the Stock Exchange Law states
“All entities subject to the supervision of the Commission shall comply with the Accounting Standards prescribed by the International Accounting Standards Board in arranging all financial statements and data.”
All public joint stock companies are subject to the supervision of the Syrian Commission of Financial Markets and Securities. Therefore, they are required to adopt IFRS Standards. This includes all companies whose securities are publicly traded on the Damascus Stock Exchange.
Resolution No 3943 issued by the Prime Minister states in Article 2 that ‘The international accounting standards issued by the International Accounting Standards Board are hereby adopted and thereby all parties subject to the supervision and monitoring of the Commission shall prepare their financial statements in accordance with those standards’.
From the date of the establishment of the Syrian Commission of Financial Markets and Securities in 2005 onwards, Syria has fully adopted the full version of IFRS Standards issued by the IASB Board without amendments.