Are You Ready for the Next ISO 9001 Internal Audit of Your Quality Management System?

Ask yourself these questions to see if you are ready for an ISO internal audit of your management system.

Whether you’re an executive, lead auditor, part of an audit team, or an audit novice, these are some questions to consider when preparing for your ISO audit to be sure it is efficient and value added:

  1. Do you have an audit schedule that you’re maintaining on-time with a defined audit scope?
  2. Are your audit personnel trained in auditing techniques and ISO 19011, and prepared with checklist and knowledge of the standard and your customer specific requirements?
  3. Do your auditors have the expertise to follow an audit trail and identify root cause and systemic issues?
  4. Do you have the support of management and the organization to make audits a priority? Is management really understanding the internal audit findings and issues identified internally, or will it be better supported if the findings come from experts outside of the company?
  5. Is there a plan for clear communication between auditors, management and process owners regarding audit activities? (This would include an opening and closing meeting.)
  6. Do you have a robust corrective action process in place that includes a review of previous findings and corrective action that will be evaluated for effectiveness in the next internal audit?
  7. Have you prepared a checklist that focuses on the process approach instead of the clause-by-clause requirements?
  8. Is the auditor trained to identify strengths and weaknesses, as well as improvements and gaps?
  9. Are your auditors able to provide objective data for an evidence based and data driven audit?
  10. Is there an understanding of how the company identifies and manages risk?
  11. What measures do you have to gauge the effectiveness of your audits? Are you just auditing technical compliance to the requirements, or are you auditing the business processes for effectiveness and efficiency?
  12. Have you reviewed the new ISO Climate Change Amendments and determined if they impact your company?

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Reviewing these questions will give you an idea of how to be best prepared for your audit. Some companies will actually require that their auditors receive internal auditor training with the process approach annually to keep good audit practices fresh in their minds. This is especially helpful if there is turnover and internal auditors don’t remain consistent from year to year.

If you don’t know the answers to all of these questions and are struggling to plan and complete your next internal audit, you can turn it over to simpleQuE. We’ve been conducting ISO 9001 internal audits for companies like yours for almost 20 years. Our experienced, qualified auditors offer an outside perspective and suggestions to improve performance and operational integrity, and to identify gaps in your management system. We provide value for your business to find the systemic issues, and help minimize problems with your certification body.

From the ISO standards like ISO 9001, 13485, 14001, and 45001; to the IATF 16949 and MAQMSR automotive standards (including CQI audits); to the AS9100 series of aerospace standards (AS9100, AS9110, AS9120, ASA-100, AS9003), you’ll find that simpleQuE has auditors across the U.S. who are experts on these standards and industries.

Contact us for a free quote, and check out our website, resources, and newsletters which offer expert guidance. Our auditors even created helpful tips for preparing for and conducting an effective ISO 9001 internal audit.


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