SEC: ‘We’ll be tough on IFRS numbers’

The US Securities and Exchange Commission has vowed to be as tough when
reviewing financial statements prepared under IFRS as it is on numbers issued
under US GAAP,
has reported

‘Unequivocally, we will review financial statements prepared under IFRS
(International Financial Reporting Standards),’ said Wayne Carnall, deputy chief
accountant in the SEC’s division of corporation finance.

‘We will comment on financial statements, we will challenge the accounting
under IFRS and if the financial statements are wrong and do not comply with IFRS
we will require those companies to restate,’ he added.

Carnall also said that any restatement requests would be discussed first with
the Committee of European Security Regulators (CESR).

‘There have been a limited number of situations where we have consulted with
(the CESR), and we will certainly do so in the future,’ Carnall said.

Further Reading:

the Reuters story

roundtables on US changeover to IFRS

Related reading

Fiona Westwood of Smith and Williamson.