Study Finds Substantial Progress Towards Global Adoption of IFRS

With the completion of the third phase of its project to study jurisdictional adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS), the IFRS Foundation has gathered solid evidence that IFRS has already become the de facto global language for financial reporting.  The third phase involved research on how IFRS is used in an additional 41 countries, bringing the total number of countries surveyed to 122.


The profiles describe each jurisdiction’s decisions regarding use of IFRSs; for instance, which companies, which types of financial statements, and whether IFRS is required or permitted.  The profiles explain whether the jurisdiction made any modifications to IFRSs, the wording in the auditor’s report, and the nature of each jurisdiction’s process for adopting or endorsing IFRSs under local law or regulations.


Nearly all of the jurisdictions have made a public commitment to global accounting standards and to IFRS as those global standards.


IFRS is already required for all or most domestic listed companies in 101 (83 percent) of the 122 jurisdictions.


Most of the remaining countries that do not yet require IFRS for all or most domestic listed companies already permit IFRS for at least some listed companies.


Around 60 percent of the 101 jurisdictions that have adopted IFRS for listed companies have extended that requirement to unlisted financial institutions and/or large unlisted companies.


Around 90 percent of the 101 jurisdictions that have adopted IFRS for listed companies also require or permit IFRS for unlisted companies.


Modifications to IFRS are rare and, in most cases, temporary and limited in applicability.


More than half (57) of the 122 jurisdictions require or permit the IFRS for SMEs, and another 16 are actively considering it.


The jurisdiction profiles were prepared by the IFRS Foundation under the direction of former IASB member Paul Pacter.  The Foundation drafted the profiles on the basis of data provided by standard-setters and other relevant bodies in response to a survey.


To validate the data, the Foundation invited the respondents to the survey and others, including regulators and international audit firms, to review the drafts, and their comments are reflected in the published profiles.


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