IFRS17: A Deep Dive Into Revenue from Insurance Contracts

Event Type
Web Session
European Actuarial Academy, EAA

Start time: 9.00 am

End time: 11.00 am


Announcement from the European Actuarial Academy organiser: IFRS 17 will become effective on 1st January 2023 and it represents a step change for all entities that are required to apply its guidance. The changes will not be limited to the measurement of contracts – including their presentation in the balance sheet – but also substantially change how insurers present their period performance in the statement of comprehensive income.

This web session takes a closer look at the “top line” item in the profit and loss account: insurance contract revenue. Depending on the nature of the business, insurance revenue may be very similar to the starting point for net income calculation according to current accounting regimes – or it may substantially differ. In either case, companies need to prepare for substantial changes to internal and external processes: Calculation of revenue, explanations to (and by!) internal and external stakeholders, and amended key performance indicators (KPIs).

The web session is suited for all interested individuals involved in financial reporting according to IFRS, such as actuaries or specified accountants, controllers involved in valuation, controlling, auditing and consulting.

Participants are expected to have a general understanding of IFRS 17, as there will be no time to recall basic concepts of the Standard.

The purpose of this web session is to discuss both conceptual and practical aspects regarding revenue from Insurance Contracts. The conceptual part aims to provide participants with a solid understanding of the IFRS 17 revenue guidance in order to prepare them for relevant discussions with management, auditors, clients, analysts etc. In particular, the web session will cover:

How does the revenue concept for insurance contracts align with the general guidance in IFRS 15 Revenue From Contracts With Customers for other industries, especially non-financial businesses – and does IFRS 15 affect the presentation of insurance contracts in some kind of “non-actuarial” sense? How does revenue calculation for insurance contracts differ between the different measurement models in IFRS 17? Which constraints exist for revenue recognition and how can insurers make sure that they meet these constraints?

Your early-bird registration fee is € 100.00 plus 19% VAT for bookings by 14 April 2021. After this date, the fee will be € 140.00 plus 19% VAT. Click here to make a reservation.

  • Introduction to the concept of Revenue
  • Some introductory examples
  • Guidance in IFRS 17
  • Complexity in life insurance and reinsurance ceded
  • Impact on disclosures and KPIs
Stephan Otzen
Biographical details

Stephan Otzen
Stephan Otzen is founder and Managing Partner of Wort & Zahl Unternehmensberatung GmbH, a Hamburg (Germany) based actuarial consulting firm focussed on actuarial accounting and valuation. Stephan has more than 20 years of experience with implementing and auditing of new accounting standards. He began his career at a Big 4 Audit Firm, where he supported various insurance groups with implementing IFRS. Since 2010, he is working as an independent consultant, supporting a Swiss composite insurance group with implementation of IFRS 17 in Life, Non-Life and Accounting functions. He has held numerous internal workshops on the topic for both Board / Executive Management level and practitioners on a hands-on basis – including highly rated IFRS 17 seminars for the EAA in 2016 to 2019.