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Looking back at Updates to C&I Taxonomy and Business Validation Rules

In October 2019, the MCA released updates to the C&I Taxonomy and corresponding business validation rules, making it “Final Business Rules based on XBRL C&I taxonomy 2016 v1.3”. Subsequently, MCA’s validation tool was also upgraded to V4.8.

Often, only developers of XBRL tools dive deep into these updates. For the benefit of everyone dealing with XBRL conversions, we have come up with a snapshot of rules and elements that were updated in the October release.

C&I Taxonomy and Business Validation Rules Updates:

  1. There were 3 new line items introduced; 1 decimal type and two boolean type.


  1. Changes to 7 business rules were made. 5 changes were made to specific rules for elements and 2 to mandatory line items

The following are changes to specific rules

TabElementNew Business Rule
Specific Rule for ElementsCashandCashEquivalentsMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Specific Rule for ElementsWhetherCompanyHasPublishedSustainabilityReportForTheFinancialYearMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Specific Rule for ElementsNameOfMainProductOrServiceMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Specific Rule for ElementsDescriptionOfMainProductOrServiceMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Specific Rule for ElementsNICCodeOfProductOrServiceMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Mandatory Line ItemsNumberOfEmployeesinTheCompanyAtTheEndOfTheFinancialYearMandatory if “DateofStartOfReportingPeriod” is  on or after 1 April 2018
Mandatory Line ItemsDetailsOfMaterialContractsArrangementsTransactionsAtArmsLengthBasisTableWhetherApprovalTakenfromBoardMaterialContractsArrangementsorTransactionsWithRelatedParty


  1. The following are changes to mandatory line items
 Table NameMandatory elements


Such changes, though minute may have ultimately delayed delivery commitments, especially when using a software and waiting for software upgrades to be rolled out.

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