The new IFRS for insurance contracts accounting (previously referred to as IFRS 4 Phase II, now expected to be IFRS 17) has been under development for many years. However, the IASB are now finalising the drafting of the final standard and we appear to be closer than ever to the final chapter in this particular saga.
A robust standard is clearly needed as current IFRS 4 allows a myriad of different accounting policies resulting in a lack of comparability, even within insurance groups. The standard is expected in early 2017 with an effective date of 2020 or more likely 2021. The long lead time is a reflection of the complexities anticipated around implementation