What are the required qualities of auditors in the public sector?

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This paper adds to literature on financial audit in public sector organizations. The authors examined the effect of adapting a private sector audit body—the Board of Statutory Auditors (BoSA)—for use by Italian public healthcare organizations. The research objective was to explore whether the characteristics generally required of private sector audit bodies (independence, accounting and financial expertise, industry specialization, diligence, and institutional support) are relevant to the public sector. Information on these characteristics was collected through an online questionnaire and used to explain audit quality. The results show the relevance of accounting and financial expertise, as well as industry specialization. The authors call for further research on the need for auditor independence in a public service setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Accounting manipulation
  • audit quality
  • board of statutory auditors
  • financial audit
  • public sector


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