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Translating the International Financial Reporting Standards. Ioanna Tzivani Translation Project Manager. The IASB. The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is the standard‑setting body. Objectives:

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translating the international financial reporting standards

Translating the International Financial Reporting Standards

Ioanna Tzivani

Translation Project Manager

the iasb
The IASB
  • The International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) is the standard‑setting body.
  • Objectives:

(a) to develop, in the public interest, a single set of high quality, understandable and enforceable global accounting standards that require high quality, transparent and comparable information in financial statements and other financial reporting to help participants in the world’s capital markets and other users make economic decisions;

(b) to promote the use and rigorous application of those standards;

(c) in fulfilling the objectives associated with (a) and (b), to take account of, as appropriate, the special needs of small and medium‑sized entities and emerging economies; and

(d) to bring about convergenceof national accounting standards and International Accounting Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards to high quality solutions.

REPARIS - SE Europe Workshops - Mar 2006

the iasc foundation
The IASC Foundation
  • The International Accounting Standards Committee Foundation (IASCF) exists to support the IASB.
  • The IASCF is a not-for-profit organisation.
  • The IASCF raises funds for the Board through donations and product sales.
  • The IASCF has 61 permanent members on staff, excluding Board members.

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the iascf process what if we didn t have it
The IASCF Process – What if we didn’t have it?
  • Market confusion:
    • Without centrally coordinating the translation proces, there could be more than one translations per language.
  • Barrier to implementation and adoption:
    • The IASCF process includes translation and review by industry experts eliminating errors and inconsistencies.

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the iascf process why
The IASCF Process – Why?
  • The IASCF translation process was created:
    • to ensure that for each language a single, authoritative, high-qualitytranslation of the IFRSs is available.
    • to ensure that best practice and experience are passed on.
    • to sustain a process in each language which will cover not only translation, but also corrections.
  • The IFRSs are currently translated into over 40 languages
  • The IASCF translation team consists of 3 members of staff.

REPARIS - SE Europe Workshops - Mar 2006

official translation process how

Initial contact & Agreement

Translator, Coordinator &

Review Committee appointed

Terminology translation & review

IFRS Translation

Review of translated IFRS

QA Checks & release of translated IFRS

Official Translation Process – How?

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official translation process steps
Official Translation Process – Steps

Step 1 Terminology: identify Key Terms in English,

translate and review

Example:Effect of Depreciation and Amortisation

Differences on Fair Value Adjustments;

Step 2 Translate the Standards, using existing

IFRS translations as reference, and CAT tools;

Step 3 Review of translated Standards by experts;

Step 4 Run checks, correct, release.

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adoption of the ifrss
Adoption of the IFRSs
  • Most European governments outside the European Economic Area choose to adopt the IFRSs as national legislation.
  • To enable adoption, the IASCF waives its rights to the bare, numbered Standards within the jurisdiction.
  • Where an IFRS translation exists prior to adoption, the IASCF makes it available to the adopting jurisdiction, for review and government adoption.
  • The IASCF encourages the translation and publication of the full IFRS bound volume, regardless of the adoption and publication of the bare, numbered Standards.

REPARIS - SE Europe Workshops - Mar 2006

adoption of the ifrss the eu model
Adoption of the IFRSs – the EU model

Process before November 2005:

  • IASB issues IFRS
  • European Commission receives English text of the bare, numbered IFRS
  • European Financial Reporting Advisory Group offers its views on the endorsement of the IFRS
  • IASCF translates IFRS
  • IASCF review committee reviews translation
  • QA checks
  • Deliver translation to European Commission
  • Accounting Regulatory Committee receives translation
  • Adoption and publication in Official Journal

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status of ifrs translations in south eastern europe
Status of IFRS translationsin South Eastern Europe
  • Albania
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Kosovo (UNSCR1244)
  • fYR Macedonia
  • Moldova
  • Romania
  • Serbia & Montenegro (Republic of Montenegro)
  • Serbia & Montenegro (Republic of Serbia)
  • Turkey
  • Ukraine

REPARIS - SE Europe Workshops - Mar 2006

questions
Questions?

iTzivani@iasb.org

www.iasb.org/resources/translations.asp

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