IFRS 17: Redefining insurance accounting

Jun 2017

In May 2017, the IASB finished its long-standing project to develop and accounting standard on insurance contracts and published IFRS 17, 'Insurance Contracts'. IFRS 17 replaces IFRS 4, which currently permits a wide variety of practices. IFRS 17 will fundamentally change the accounting by all entities that issue insurance contracts and investment contracts with discretionary participation features.

The standard applies to annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021, with earlier application permitted if IFRS 15, 'Revenue from Contracts with Customers', and IFRS 9,' Financial Instruments', are also applied.

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