On 6 September 2007 the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published for public comment an exposure draft of proposed amendments to IAS 39 Financial Instruments: Recognition and Measurement. The amendments are intended to clarify what can be designated as a hedged item in a hedge accounting relationship.
The exposure draft specifies the risks that qualify for designation as hedged risks when an entity hedges its exposure to a financial instrument. In addition it clarifies when an entity may designate a portion of the cash flows of a financial instrument as a hedged item. The proposals respond to requests for additional guidance on what IAS 39 permits to be designated as a hedged item. Although the IASB is undertaking research that will ultimately lead to the replacement of IAS 39, that work is at an early stage. The IASB therefore decided to propose the amendments contained in the exposure draft.
The exposure draft was open for comment until 11 January 2008.