European Financial Reporting Advisory Group

European Financial Reporting Advisory Group

The European Financial Reporting Advisory Group, or EFRAG, is an organization which provides the European Commission with technical advice on accounting matters and provides input into International Financial Reporting Standards.[1] EFRAG was formed in June 2001 and began operations in September 2001.[2]

EFRAG was involved in some controversy over the issuance of [3] The European Commission never adopted IFRS 9 as originally issued, and in 2014 the International Accounting Standards Board issued a revised version of the standard.

In its advisory role to the European Commission, EFRAG assesses whether IFRS should be endorsed in the EU. Accounting for financial instruments has been at the centre of heated debates since the EU carve-out of IAS 39 (i.e. IAS 39 was not endorsed in full) and the piecemeal approach the IASB has adopted in the making of IFRS 9 from November 2009 until July 2014. The debate was further exacerbated by the financial crisis in 2008 and the G20 requests for strengthening and harmonising accounting for financial instruments. You can learn more on Financial instruments and IFRS 9 here IAS projects - financial instruments

Important remark

The so called Maystadt reform entered into force on 31.10.2014. A press release was issued by EFRAG EFRAG press release 31.10.2014and more information of the reform process can be found here Maystadt reform. The EFRAG website is the source for up-to-date information on EFRAG facts


  1. ^ "EFRAG Facts". EFRAG. Retrieved 2014-07-16. 
  2. ^ "European Financial Reporting Advisory Group (EFRAG)".  
  3. ^ Calham, C. (27 November 2009). "EFRAG chair urges calm over IFRS 9 stalemate". The Accountant. Retrieved 2014-08-16.