The new Leases Standard has been subjected to multiple rounds of public consultation and extensive Board-level deliberation, all of which has been conducted in public and webcast.
The IASB has also worked in close collaboration with the US Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) on the development of the new Standard. The two Boards are aligned on the central issue of bringing leases onto balance sheets, and on the definition of a lease and how lease liabilities should be measured.
IFRS 16 is effective 1 January 2019. Early application is permitted for companies that also apply IFRS 15 Revenue from Contracts with Customers.