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17 March 2020

IASB decides on new effective date for IFRS 17 of 1 January 2023

The IASB has completed its discussions on the amendments to IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts that were proposed for public consultation in June 2019. It has decided that the effective date of the Standard will be deferred to annual reporting periods beginning on or after 1 January 2023.

The Board also decided to extend the exemption currently in place for some insurers regarding the application of IFRS 9 Financial Instruments to enable them to implement both IFRS 9 and IFRS 17 at the same time.

Timely implementation of IFRS 17 is vital to improve the quality and comparability of accounting for insurance contracts. However, the Board’s decision to defer the effective date by two years from the original date to 2023 will enable insurers around the world to implement the new Standard at the same time, which the Board considers to be beneficial for investors, insurers and other stakeholders.

The Board expects to issue the amendments to IFRS 17 in the second quarter of 2020.

Full press release on IASB

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