First time adoption IFRS – Introduction

It is not only about IFRS 1 when an entity prepares its first IFRS financial statements, but also about some other IFRS because IFRS 1 references to these IFRS standards. Therefore, entities will need to consider the following standards in their first time adoption review process:

IFRS 1 sets out detailed rules that entities must follow when adopting IFRS for the first time. The standard also sets out a number of exemptions that may be applied when adopting IFRS.

If an entity wishes to apply either of these exemptions a full audit trail must be produced to outline the assessment and sufficient evidence must be provided to evidence that the application of the exemption is appropriate.

The main issues that entities need to be aware of when adopting IFRS 1 are:

  • A full audit trail for all adjustments from Local/previous GAAP to IFRS will be required;
  • Additional reconciliations and disclosures will need to be produced;
  • A significant amount of analysis and documented evidence will be required even when proving ‘nil’ adjustments;
  • Key issues need to be flagged early and discussed with auditors to ensure there is timely agreement on accounting treatment;
  • The length of disclosures within the accounts as a result of IFRS will be increased;
  • Early engagement with Audit Committees is essential to ensure they are aware of the process and the impact of the change to IFRS; and
  • Significant investments in terms of time and resources are likely to be required to ensure that all issues with IFRS are resolved, especially for more complex accounts.

The motivation (or objective) of IFRS 1 is very noble:

[IFRS 1 1]

The objective of this IFRS is to ensure that an entity’s first IFRS financial statements, and its interim financial reports for part of the period covered by those financial statements, contain high quality information that:

  1. is transparent for users and comparable over all periods presented;
  2. provides a suitable starting point for accounting in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs); and
  3. can be generated at a cost that does not exceed the benefits.


  • IFRS 1 does not apply to entities already reporting under IFRSs
  • IFRS 1 applies to the first set of financial statements that contain an explicit and unreserved statement of compliance with IFRSs
  • IFRS 1 applies to any interim financial statements for a period covered by those first financial statements that are prepared under IFRSs.

General requirements First time adoption IFRS – Introduction

  • Select IFRS accounting policies using either:
    • IFRSs that are currently effective; or First time adoption IFRS – Introduction
    • One or more IFRSs that are not yet effective, if those new IFRS permit early adoption.
  • Recognise/derecognise assets and liabilities where necessary so as to comply with IFRSs
  • Reclassify items that the entity recognised under previous accounting framework as one type of asset, liability or component of equity, but are a different type of asset, liability or component of equity under IFRS First time adoption IFRS – Introduction
  • Re-measure all assets and liabilities recognised under IFRSs.

The first IFRS statements, accounting policies and disclosures are discussed in more detail in the following sections:

  1. First IFRS financial statements – recognition and measurement First time adoption IFRS – Introduction
  2. Accounting Policies to First IFRS Financial statements First time adoption IFRS – Introduction
  3. Disclosures in First IFRS Financial statements First time adoption IFRS – Introduction

First time adoption IFRS – Introduction

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