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IESBA Congratulates Italy on the Adoption of a New Code of Ethics and Independence

New Code for Auditors in Italy Modeled after the IESBA Code

Jun 27, 2023 | New York, NY | English

The International Ethics Standards Board for Accountants (IESBA) congratulates the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance on the announcement today of the launch of a new Code of Ethics and Independence for Auditors in Italy. This new Italian Code of Ethics (Codice italiano di etica e indipendenza dei revisori legali dei conti), which is based off IESBA’s International Code of Ethics for Professional Accountants (including International Independence Standards) (the Code) with specific adaptations and localizations for compatibility and operability with the Italian and European regulatory frameworks, replaces the country’s previous code of ethics, adopted in 2018.

“On behalf of IESBA, I applaud the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance for this important commitment to ethics and independence, and to the public interest,” said Gabriela Figueiredo Dias, IESBA Chair, who was invited to speak at the announcement event in Rome today. “This code will provide statutory auditors with a stronger ethics and independence framework, significantly elevating the ethical bar for an important group of professionals who are formally provided with public faith in reviewing financial statements and whose work is, therefore, critical to create trust in corporate information and to support sound business relations and a well-functioning economic system.”

The IESBA Code places a responsibility on all professional accountants to act in the public interest. The strength and global acceptance of the Code are evident as it has been adopted or is used in over 130 jurisdictions, translated into about 40 languages, and adopted by the 34 largest international networks of accounting firms for transnational audits.

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