What is IFRS 17?

IFRS 17 is an International Financial Reporting Standard. It replaces IFRS 4 on accounting for insurance contracts and has an effective date of January 1, 2023. IFRS 17 Insurance Contracts is a complete overhaul of accounting for insurance contracts, with new requirements for data and processes that impact teams across the organization, including actuarial, accounting, and IT. The IFRS 17 insurance accounting standard establishes the principles for the recognition, measurement, presentation, and disclosure of insurance contracts.

IFRS 17 compliance: Why data is vital to address technology challenges

Learn why data management is essential for long-standing, effective compliance with the new IFRS 17 and LDTI standards in this research report from Oracle Financial Services and Chartis Research.

Key considerations for IFRS 17 compliance

There are four main areas to consider when approaching IFRS 17 implementation, including the reassessment and regrouping of existing insurance contracts, data management, actuarial modelling, and accounting integration and allocations.

There are three proposed methods for reassessment, including general measurement, the premium allocation approach, and the variable fee approach. Insurers must review their portfolio to ensure they choose the right approach.

IFRS 17 implementation poses major data challenges, requiring additional and more-granular data. Historical data must be captured and aggregated, and the granularity of data and its sources must be identified, resulting in the need for increased data storage.

Projected cash flows and risk adjustments from actuarial models are key inputs for IFRS 17 compliance. Due to the regrouping nature of IFRS 17, insurance accounting cash flows may need to be updated.

IFRS 17 accounting integration and allocations require considerable changes to reporting and disclosures that are driven by data and modelling inputs. Source systems need to be integrated with actuarial modelling and the accounting ledger and must include control audit, and reconciliation.

Checklist to accelerate IFRS 17 implementation

To ensure IFRS 17 compliance, insurers must plan a clear strategy and governance structure that includes objectives, preparation, and rollout.

  1. Assess impacts of IFRS 17.
  2. Formulate objectives and obtain stakeholder agreement.
  3. Review key changes.
  4. Decide on technology investments and enablement.
  5. Document gaps and requirements.
  6. Form a cross-functional IFRS 17 implementation team.
  7. Adopt training on the IFRS 17 solution.
  8. Perform a post-IFRS 17 implementation assessment.

How Oracle IFRS 17 Analyzer can help

Oracle offers an end-to-end modern accounting and reporting IFRS 17 solution that empowers insurers with extensive data-centric business insights to drive profitability. Gain a proven framework for data ingestion from source systems, portfolio setup with business rules, disaggregation of contracts into groups, and subledger accounting for future-proof success.

  • One single user-friendly solution for IFRS 17 compliance
  • Same application for IFRS 17, IFRS 9, LDTI, and CECL
  • Configurable, auditable workflow tracked by users
  • Subledger with prebuilt integration to the accounting hub
  • Multi-GAAP
  • Editable business rules to support specific nuances
  • Built-in disclosures and business intelligence for IFRS 17 and beyond

Oracle’s proven methodology and framework

Oracle makes IFRS 17 implementation less complex for insurers. Coordination across actuarial, risk, finance, IT, and business functions requires experienced input from each area along with input from technical architects, product experts, and engagement managers. Oracle’s methodology is proven for IFRS 17 compliance and includes guidance on knowledge transition and inbuilt approaches for agile delivery in large programs.

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