The IFRS Interpretations Committee (Interpretations Committee) works with the International Accounting Standards Board (Board) in supporting the application of IFRS® Standards.
Interpretations Committee process
All Interpretations Committee projects begin as a question regarding a Standard. The process is designed to:
- allow any stakeholder to submit a question; and
- be transparent—all submissions are considered at a public meeting.
The Interpretations Committee then decides whether standard-setting is needed to address the question, or whether to take an alternative approach.
The Interpretations Committee may decide not to recommend standard-setting. This might be because the Interpretations Committee concludes that standard-setting is:
- unnecessary—typically because, in the Interpretations Committee’s view, IFRS Standards and IFRIC® Interpretations provide enough information for a company to determine its accounting or because there is no evidence that a widespread accounting problem exists; or
- unhelpful—for example, introducing new or amended requirements might assist one company with a particular type of transaction, while raising questions for other companies with slightly different types of transactions.
To explain why it did not recommend standard-setting, the Interpretations Committee publishes an agenda decision. Agenda decisions are subject to due process. They are open for comment for 60 days and, before finalising, the Interpretations Committee considers comments.
Agenda decisions often include information to help companies applying IFRS Standards. They do so by explaining how the applicable principles and requirements in the Standards apply to the question submitted.
Some questions result in narrow-scope standard-setting that follows the normal due process. The Interpretations Committee may decide to:
- develop an IFRIC Interpretation of a Standard—this adds to the requirements in a Standard without changing the Standard itself; or
- recommend a narrow-scope amendment to a Standard.
Any individual or organisation may put forward suggestions of potential agenda items for consideration by the Interpretations Committee. In considering whether to put forward suggestions, all parties should consult the ‘Identification of Matters’ section (paragraphs 5.14 to 5.22) of the IASB and IFRS IC Due Process Handbook.
Anyone doing so is asked to submit a brief proposal, which will be presented to the Interpretations Committee without identifying the submitter.
The proposal should include the following:
- The issue: A description of the issue including, where relevant, any aspects that should be addressed separately.
- Current practice: A brief description of current or emerging accounting practices, outlining the major alternatives, and referring to the relevant requirements in IFRS Standards.
- Reasons for the Interpretations Committee to address the issue: The issue should be evaluated using the following criteria:
- Is the issue widespread and has, or is expected to have, a material effect on those affected?
- Would financial reporting be improved through the elimination, or reduction, of diverse reporting methods?
- Can the issue be resolved efficiently within the confines of IFRS Standards and the Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting?
- Is the issue sufficiently narrow in scope that the Interpretations Committee can address this issue in an efficient manner, but not so narrow that it is not cost-effective for the Interpretations Committee to undertake the due process that would be required when making changes to IFRS Standards?
Will the solution developed by the Interpretations Committee be effective for a reasonable time period? The Interpretations Committee will not add an item to its agenda if the issue is being addressed in a forthcoming Standard and/or if a short-term improvement is not justified.
Please submit your suggestion by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also post your suggestion to:
Director of Implementation Activities
30 Cannon Street