While the SEC approved a statement supporting the adoption of global accounting standards for U.S. companies, the Chairman Mary Schapiro cautioned that, “Incorporating International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into our financial reporting system would involve a significant undertaking. We must carefully consider and deliberate whether such a change is in the best interest of U.S. investors and markets.
“The Commission also voted to approve a Work Plan developed by SEC staff that would gather information to aid the Commission as it evaluates the impact that the use of IFRS by U.S. companies would have on our securities market,” Schapiro said. The Work Plan will be completed in 2011, the target date set by the 2008 Proposed Roadmap.
Schapiro said, however, that no decision had been made about the timing of a possible conversion to IFRS. “We must still determine what this means for U.S. companies and markets; should we incorporate IFRS into our reporting system and, if so, when and how?