Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16 endorsed for use in the EU

On 13 January 2021, Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16 Interest Rate Benchmark Reform – Phase 2 were endorsed by the European Commission for use in the European Union. The EU effective date is the same as the IASB’s effective date (annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021). Earlier adoption of Amendments is permitted.

The amendments were issued by the IASB in August 2020. The amendments enable entities to reflect the effects of transitioning from benchmark interest rates, such as interbank offer rates (IBORs), to alternative benchmark interest rates without giving rise to accounting impacts that would not provide useful information to users of financial statements.

The amendments affect many entities and in particular those with financial assets, financial liabilities or lease liabilities that are subject to interest rate benchmark reform and those that apply the hedge accounting requirements in IFRS 9 or IAS 39 to hedging relationships that are affected by the reform.

The changes relate to the modification of financial assets, financial liabilities and lease liabilities, specific hedge accounting requirements, and disclosure requirements applying IFRS 7 to accompany the amendments regarding modifications and hedge accounting.

The amendments apply to all entities and are not optional.

The amendments are effective for annual periods beginning on or after 1 January 2021 and are to be applied retrospectively. Early application is permitted.

We informed you in detail about these amendments in the article IASB finalised phase 2 of its IBOR reform project.

Sources:, Amendments to IFRS 9, IAS 39, IFRS 7, IFRS 4 and IFRS 16

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