IASB Publishes Draft Guidance on Fair Value Measurement

The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) published an exposure draft for public comment of draft guidance on fair value measurement. The proposals are set out in the exposure draft Fair Value Measurement that is open for comment until 28 September 2009.

If adopted, the proposals would replace fair value measurement guidance contained in individual International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) with a single, unified definition of fair value, as well as further guidance on the application of fair value measurement in inactive markets. The proposals deal with how fair value should be measured when it is already required by existing standards. They do not extend its use in any way.

To ensure consistency between IFRSs and US generally accepted accounting principles (GAAPs), the proposals incorporate recent guidance on fair value measurement published by the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and are consistent with a report of the IASB’s Expert Advisory Panel published in October 2008 on fair value measurement in illiquid markets.

This project forms part of a long-term programme by the IASB and the FASB to achieve convergence of IFRSs and US GAAP, as described in the boards’ Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) published in September 2008. It is also consistent with requests from G20 leaders to align fair value measurement in IFRSs and US GAAP.


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