The Audit

Questions from the Classroom

Is the Audit Checklist also to be forwarded to the Auditee? Or is it a checklist that the auditor has written for themselves to be used as a follow-up checklist for the on-site audit activity?

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Audit types and their different names?

1st, 2nd & 3rd party and internal, supplier & external, as well as compliance, renewal, surveillance, certification, initial & re-certification are all names for different types of audits. But are they really all that different, or just different names for the same thing?

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Scope of the organization

The High Level Structure (HLS) for management systems (which could be ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and the pending ISO 45001), states the following requirements for clause 4.3,

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What is an Audit?

What is a Management Systems Audit? Surprisingly, one of the most asked questions we receive is ‘What is an audit’? This made me realise that as auditors, we take this for granted and just expect that the entire world also knows what we do! It’s such a simple question however it did require some thought to come up with a simple explanation.

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Turbocharge your audit

If your internal audits are anything like everybody else’s internal audits, they confirm that activities are happening as per planned arrangements, with the planned arrangements being documented things that should happen.

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Why document control is harder now…

In any business; controlling documentation is critical. Is this the correct template? Am I looking at the right drawing? Is this the latest procedure? Am I building this to the right specification?

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Responsibilities of an Audit Team Leader

So, you want to be an audit team leader? Are you ready for the extra tasks, and do you know what they are? There are additional roles and responsibilities for an audit team leader above those of an auditor and these are important to understand as a team leader and even as an audit team member.

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Take the fear out of an audit

What happens to you when you hear the word ‘audit’? Does your heart beat faster? Do you break out in a sweat? Never fear – the auditor is here!

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