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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

Unaccompanied version of IFRS 1
The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) provides free access to the consolidated unaccompanied international accounting standards for the current year through its website. Free registration is required.

This unaccompanied version does not include additional content that accompanies the full standard, such as illustrative examples, implementation guidance and bases for conclusions.

IFRS 1 summary and timeline

Looking for the synopsis? Our IFRS 1 summary and timeline are now on a separate page, featuring information on current proposals and a timeline of IASB updates.

Which version of the standard?

Financial Reporting Faculty members have unlimited online access to the consolidated edition of IFRS and amendments through the IASB's eIFRS service. Please log into eIFRS to access electronic versions of the standards. Or find out more about how to join the faculty.

The ICAEW Library also offers members and students access to the print versions of the latest IFRS Blue and Red Books. Contact us by telephone on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat or by email at library@icaew.com


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UK reduced disclosures

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

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

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, 10 January 2019
This exclusive factsheet for Financial Reporting Faculty members is designed to assist those adopting, or considering adopting, International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRSs) for the first time. It considers the implications of moving to IFRSs 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.

2018 IFRS accounts 🔒
Financial Reporting Faculty, 6 August 2018

2017 IFRS accounts 🔒
Financial Reporting Faculty, 30 April 2018


eBooks

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First-time adoption 🔒
EY, International GAAP 2020 (2020)
The latest edition of this comprehensive guide offers a global perspective and explanations of 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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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

iGAAP 2019: A guide to IFRS reporting (Volume A)
Deloitte, Croner-i, 2019
Practical and comprehensive guidance for entities currently reporting under IFRS and those considering whether to move to IFRS in the near future.
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GAAP 2019: UK reporting – IFRSs (Volume C)
Deloitte, Croner-i, 2019
Comprehensive manual explaining how to apply IFRS, focusing on practical implementation issues with commentary and analysis of issues specific to UK companies.
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Insights into IFRS 2019–20
KPMG, Sweet and Maxwell, 2019
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.
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International GAAP 2019
EY, Wiley, 2019
Comprehensive reference guide to interpreting and implementing IFRS, featuring detailed analysis of technical accounting issues accompanied by worked examples and illustrations taken from the actual financial statements of companies that report under IFRS.
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Manual of accounting: IFRS for the UK 2019
PwC, Tolley, 2018
Practical guidance on the standards and the accounting requirements of UK law applicable to UK users of IFRS. The IFRS Supplement 2020 published in December 2019 brings the manual up to date for 2020; it includes a new chapter on insurance contracts under IFRS 17 and an updated chapter on leasing under IFRS 16.
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Wiley IFRS 2019: Interpretation and application of IFRS standards
PKF, Wiley, 2019
Reference manual providing full coverage of the latest standards and thorough guidance for implementation, featuring practical tools and insight from a practitioner's perspective.
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Articles

The ICAEW Library subscribes to over 160 current journals and magazines, as well as offering access to 1,800 key UK and international business, management and trade titles online. You can browse articles on IFRS 1 and first-time adoption of IFRS or request any of the selected articles below by contacting us on +44 (0)20 7920 8620, by web chat, or at library@icaew.com

The impact of IFRS adoption: UK and Ireland
Company Reporting, July 2006
This article analyses the transition to the new accounting standards from 1 January 2005, as accounted for in accordance with IFRS 1. Second in a series studying the transition, with separate articles available for Mittel-Europa, Mediterranean and Nordic countries.

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