IASB Seeks Comments on Proposals For Measuring Liabilities

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) has published for public comment an exposure draft of one section of a replacement for IAS 37 Provisions, Contingent Liabilities and Contingent Assets. The section contains revised proposals for measuring liabilities within the scope of IAS 37.


IAS 37 applies to liabilities not covered by other accounting standards, such as liabilities to decommission assets and liabilities arising from legal disputes. The IASB previously published proposals to amend IAS 37, including revised measurement requirements. In the light of the comments received the IASB identified a need to develop more guidance on one part of those proposals: the measurement of these liabilities. The proposals published today seek public comment on that draft guidance.


To enable interested parties to see the proposed measurement section in the context of the proposed standard as a whole, the IASB is preparing a working draft of the entire standard and aims to post a copy on its website in February 2010. Until that working draft becomes available, the Liabilities - Amendments to IAS 37 project page provides a link to a decision summary that contains both the measurement proposals and the other decisions that will appear in the new standard.


The IASB aims to complete the standard, including final guidance resulting from today’s proposals, in 2010.


An IASB ‘Snapshot’, a high level summary of the proposals, is available for download free of charge from the project section of the IASB website.


The IASB invites comments on the exposure draft, Measurement of Liabilities in IAS 37, by 12 April 2010.


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