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IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of IFRS

IFRS 1 First-time Adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards provides guidance for entities adopting IFRS for the first time. The standard was revised and restructured in November 2008 and is effective from 1 July 2009.

Full text standard

IFRS 1 Issued Standard
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IFRS 1 summary and timeline

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UK reduced disclosures – FRS 101

UK qualifying parents and subsidiaries can take advantage of FRS 101 Reduced Disclosure Framework. Find out more on which entities qualify and the criteria to be met. 

Amendments to the standard for FRS 101 preparers

Where an entity applies FRS 101, it is preparing Companies Act accounts rather than IAS accounts. Therefore the following amendments must be made to IFRS 1 in order to achieve compliance with the Companies Act and related Regulations:

It is clarified that a subsidiary which becomes a first-time adopter later than its parent or an entity that becomes a first-time adopter later than its subsidiary, associate or joint venture must ensure that its assets and liabilities are measured in compliance with FRS 101.

Disclosure exemptions for FRS 101 preparers

On first-time adoption of FRS 101, an entity is exempt from the IFRS 1 requirement to present an opening statement of financial position as at the date of transition. 


ICAEW guides and support

Factsheets

IFRS Transition
Financial Reporting Faculty, November 2022
This factsheet is designed to assist those adopting, or considering adopting, IFRS Accounting Standards (IFRS) for the first time. It considers the implications of moving to IFRS and provides practical tips on how to manage the process.

Annual factsheets

These exclusive factsheets, produced annually by the Financial Reporting Faculty for its members, highlight all new and modified requirements for preparers of IFRS accounts. Each annual edition focuses primarily on new requirements with mandatory application for preparers with periods beginning on or after 1 January of that year.

2022 IFRS Accounts
Financial Reporting Faculty, August 2022
Provides more information on amendment Annual Improvements 2018–2020 amendments to IFRS 1.


eBooks

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First-time adoption of International Financial Reporting Standards
PKF International, IFRS 2022: Interpretation and Application of IFRS Standards (2022)
This updated edition provides a detailed resource on interpreting and applying IFRS alongside practical examples, IFRIC interpretations and directions. This chapter discusses IFRS 1.

First-time adoption
EY, International GAAP 2021 (2020)
The latest edition of this comprehensive guide offers a global perspective on complex technical accounting issues to help practitioners interpret and implement IFRS. It contains worked examples and illustrations from published financial reports of major listed companies from around the world. This chapter discusses IFRS 1. 

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Example accounts

IFRS model accounts and disclosure checklists
Online disclosure checklists, general IFRS illustrative statements and compliance questionnaires collected by the ICAEW Library.

Company Reporting (Croner-i)

The ICAEW Library can provide examples of real-life company reports to help keep you up-to-date with reporting practices and benchmark your financial reporting compliance. Company Reporting analyses current IFRS disclosures from public companies, organised by industry sector. It also provides detailed monthly Common Practice reports on specific issues.

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External resources

International GAAP 2022: Generally Accepted Accounting Practice under IFRS
EY International Financial Reporting Group, 2022
Detailed guide on interpreting and implementing IFRS, with illustrative examples and extracts from financial statements. The manual is available online (free registration required) as part of EY Atlas Client Edition. Chapters and sections are searchable and downloadable in PDF format. The whole book is also downloadable in ePub format for offline access.


Further reading

Manuals and handbooks

The ICAEW Library stocks the latest IFRS handbooks and manuals. You can browse all our books on IFRS 1 and first-time adoption of IFRS or request any of the following popular titles by contacting us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat, or at library@icaew.com 

Insights into IFRS 2020–21
KPMG, Sweet and Maxwell, 2020
Manual providing practical guidance with an emphasis on the real-life application of IFRS, with examples based on actual questions that have arisen in practice around the world.

Wiley IFRS 2020: Interpretation and application of IFRS standards
PKF, Wiley, 2020
Reference manual providing full coverage of the latest standards and thorough guidance for implementation, featuring practical tools and insight from a practitioner's perspective.

Manual of accounting: IFRS supplement 2020
PwC, LexisNexis, 2019
Practical guidance on the standards and the accounting requirements of UK law applicable to UK users of IFRS.

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Ask ICAEW Technical Advisory Service

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