The IASB expects to issue the final insurance contracts standard around the end of 2016.
At its February meetings, the IASB instructed the staff to begin the balloting process for the forthcoming insurance contracts standard.
In the Board’s view, the revisions to the 2013 Insurance Contracts exposure draft (the ED) respond to constituents’ feedback, and re-exposing the proposals would not reveal any new concerns of those constituents.
“Now is the time for entities to begin assessing the impact the new insurance contracts standard will have on their key performance indicators and processes.”
Joachim Kölschbach, KPMG’s global IFRS insurance leader
The IASB agreed that the proposals do not need to be re-exposed because, in its view:
With the mandatory due process steps having been met and its proposals sufficiently developed, the Board agreed that the balloting process should begin.
During the balloting process, the IASB will:
The Board will also redeliberate and finalise its proposed amendments to IFRS 4 Insurance Contracts by the end of this summer.
The final insurance contracts standard is coming very soon. As it is highly likely to be issued around the end of 2016, companies should begin assessing the potential impact on their financial statements and business, and closely follow issues that may arise during the balloting process.
For some companies, the implementation will be a complicated process. Read our visual guide (PDF 91 KB) to understand what to start thinking about now.
Speak to your usual KPMG contact to discuss in more detail how these proposals may impact you.
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