The IFRS Foundation is a not-for-profit, public interest organisation established to develop high-quality, understandable, enforceable and globally accepted accounting and sustainability disclosure standards.
Our Standards are developed by our two standard-setting boards, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) and International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).
Why global accounting Standards? What benefits do they bring to the world economy? Which jurisdictions have adopted and require use of our accounting Standards?
Discover more about the adoption process for IFRS Accounting Standards.
Access our Standards, Interpretations and related materials here. If you register with us for a free acccount, you can access PDF files of this year's consolidated IFRS Accounting Standards, IFRIC Interpretations, the Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting and IFRS Practice Statements, as well as available translations of Standards.
What do we do once we’ve issued a Standard? We undertake various activities to support the consistent application of IFRS Standards, which includes implementation support for recently issued Standards. We do this because the quality of implementation and application of the Standards affects the benefits that investors receive from having a single set of global standards.
The work plan includes all projects undertaken by the IFRS Foundation Trustees, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB), the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB) and the IFRS Interpretations Committee. Public consultations are a key part of all our projects and are indicated on the work plan.
Read our latest news, features and press releases and see our calendar of events, meetings, conferences, webinars and workshops.
We offer a broad range of products and premium services, including print and digital editions of the IFRS Foundation's major works, and subscription options for all IFRS Accounting Standards and related documents. Every purchase contributes to the independence and funding of the IFRS Foundation and to its mission.
On 3 November 2021, at COP26, the IFRS Foundation Trustees announced the creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board (ISSB).
The ISSB will deliver a global baseline of sustainability disclosures to meet capital market needs.
On 9 July 2009 the Board published an International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS Standard) designed for use by small and medium-sized entities (SMEs). The standard is the result of a five-year development process with extensive consultation of SMEs worldwide. This has since been updated by the 2015 IFRS for SMEs Standard.
Because full IFRS Standards were designed to meet the needs of equity investors in companies in public capital markets, they cover a wide range of issues, contain a sizeable amount of implementation guidance and include disclosures appropriate for public companies.
Users of the financial statements of SMEs do not have those needs, but, rather are more focused on assessing shorter-term cash flows, liquidity and solvency. Also, many SMEs say that full IFRS Standards impose a burden on them—a burden that has been growing as Standards have become more detailed and more countries have begun to use them.
Thus, in developing the proposed IFRS for SMEs Standard, the Board's twin goals were to meet user needs while balancing costs and benefits from a preparer perspective.
The objective of this project was to develop a Standard expressly designed to meet the financial reporting needs of entities that (a) do not have public accountability and (b) publish general purpose financial statements for external users. Examples of such external users include owners who are not involved in managing the business, existing and potential creditors, and credit rating agencies.
The SMEs Standard was derived from full IFRS Standards with appropriate modifications based on the needs of users of SME financial statements and cost-benefit considerations.
IFRS Foundation cookies
Essential cookies are required for the website to function, and therefore cannot be switched off. They include managing registrations.Cookie details
We use analytics cookies to generate aggregated information about the usage of our website. This helps guide our content strategy to provide better, more informative content for our users. It also helps us ensure that the website is functioning correctly and that it is available as widely as possible. None of this information can be tracked to individual users.Cookie details
Preference cookies allow us to offer additional functionality to improve the user experience on the site. Examples include choosing to stay logged in for longer than one session, or following specific content.Cookie details