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International Financial Reporting Standard (IFRS) 17 – Insurance Contracts has just been released. It is the latest IFRS to be developed by the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) whose standards are used in more than 100 countries for the preparation of public company financial statements.

To support IAA member associations and actuaries worldwide with the application and implementation of IFRS 17, the IAA is working on:

International Standard of Actuarial Practice 4

The IAA develops model standards of practice known as International Standards of Actuarial Practice (ISAPs). To guide actuaries in the use of IFRS 17, ISAP 4 was produced. You may find the following ISAP 4-related documents of interest:

An international actuarial note

International actuarial notes (IANs) are educational and non-binding in nature. They show practices commonly used, or expected to be used, by actuaries and are not intended to define the practice or practices that would be adopted by all actuaries. Their purpose is to familiarize the actuary with approaches that might be taken in the practice area in question. They also serve to demonstrate to clients and other stakeholders, and to non-actuaries who carry out similar work, how the actuarial profession may approach the subject matter. A forthcoming IAN is planned to include:

  • An introduction to IFRS 17 and approaches to classifications of contracts under IFRS;
  • The accounting models and their components; current estimates, discount rates, risk adjustment, the contractual service margin, premium allocation approach and performance-linked features;
  • Transition, business combinations and fair value; and
  • Reinsurance, presentation, embedded derivatives and many other topics.

An educational monograph

Following monographs on stochastic models and discount rates, a monograph on risk adjustments as required by IFRS 17 is under production as part of the IAA’s efforts to support global actuarial work. An exposure draft was released in November 2016, and experts’ responses have been compiled. Following discussion in Budapest in April, the expectation is for the document to be finalized by the end of August. It will then be available to IAA members.