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FRS 27: Life assurance

Find links to the accounting standard, technical summaries, useful guides and other resources on FRS 27 collated by ICAEW Library & Information Service.

The accounting standard FRS 27 set out the requirements for all reporting entities with life assurance and reinsurance businesses. It was issued by the Accounting Standards Board in December 2004. 

This standard and all other old UK GAAP FRSs have been withdrawn for reporting periods starting on or after 1 January 2015. Topics relating to insurance are covered by FRS 103 under new UK GAAP.

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Consolidated standard

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Unconsolidated standard as first issued

Financial Reporting Standard 27: Life Assurance
This is the full text of the original standard as issued by the Accounting Standards Board in December 2004.


Life Assurance
Summary published by the Financial Reporting Council.

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Guides and publications

Report to HM Treasury: Financial Reporting for Life Assurance
Report from the ASB, published in June 2005.

Memorandum of Understanding FRS 27 Life Assurance
Memorandum of Understanding between the ASB and the Association of British Insurers.

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