On January 27, 2016, the EBA issued a press release announcing the launch of an impact assessment of the forthcoming implementation of the new financial instruments standard, the International Financial Reporting Standards 9, on a sample of around 50 regulated firms across the EU. The new standards supersede the reporting standards for financial instruments in force in the EU since 2005 and change the way financial instruments are accounted for. The new standards will apply to: (i) banks that are required to prepare consolidated financial statements in accordance with the IFRS; (ii) banks that are required to use the IFRS for the determination of own funds; and (iii) certain investment firms. IFRS also apply to listed issuers as a result of the Transparency Directive. The EBA will assess the impact of the new standards on regulatory own funds, the interaction between the standards and prudential requirements as well as how firms are preparing for the implementation of the new standards.

The press release is available at: http://www.eba.europa.eu/-/eba-launches-an-impact-assessment-of-ifrs-9-on-banks-in-the-eu