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International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) are principles-based standards, interpretations and the framework (1989)[adopted by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB).

Many of the standards forming part of IFRS are known by the older name of International Accounting Standards (IAS). IAS were issued between 1973 and 2001 by the Board of the International Accounting Standards Committee (IASC). On April 1, 2001, the new IASB took over from the IASC the responsibility for setting International Accounting Standards.

During its first meeting the new Board adopted existing IAS and Standing Interpretations Committee standards (SICs). The IASB has continued to develop standards calling the new standards IFRS.

Structure of IFRS

  • IFRS are considered a "principles based" set of standards in that they establish broad rules as well as dictating specific treatments.
  • International Financial Reporting Standards comprise:
  • International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS)—standards issued after 2001
  • International Accounting Standards (IAS)—standards issued before 2001
  • Standing Interpretations Committee (SIC)—issued before 2001
  • Conceptual Framework for Financial Reporting (2010)

IAS 8 Par. 11

"In making the judgement described in paragraph 10, management shall refer to, and consider the applicability of, the following sources in descending order:

  • (a) the requirements and guidance in Standards and Interpretations dealing with similar and related issues; and
  • (b) the definitions, recognition criteria and measurement concepts for assets, liabilities, income and expenses in the Framework."



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