03 Mar Top 4 reasons for undertaking Annual Audits of your Quality Management Systems
Internal auditing is one of the fundamental activities for maintaining a Management System and assessing compliance with specified requirements. And with Continual Improvement being one of the key Quality Management Principles of ISO 9001, internal auditing goes beyond compliance and becomes one of the key drivers of business improvement.
The ISO 9001 audit is an essential part of becoming and staying ISO 9001 certified. It will help you:
- Ensure your Quality Management System complies with the ISO 9001 standard
- Identify and address any issues with your Quality Management System
- Identify potential improvements to your system
- Ensure your organisation takes appropriate action to meet its quality objectives.
An ISO 9001 audit is a systematic, independent, objective and documented process for gathering facts. These will help you identify areas for improvement and ensure you have best practice processes in place.
Driving continual improvement is a key part of ISO 9001. That’s why the standard recommends you carry out regular internal and external audits.
ISO 9001 auditors find that using checklists to record evidence helps them to perform consistent audits as well as evaluate the extent to which the process they are looking for aligns with the documentation.
By looking at how things are done and comparing them with how they should be done, you can identify area for improvement. You should record these observations and review the audit results at regular management meetings which should occur between one and four times a year.
There can be several advantages to using an external auditor, including gaining valuable external perspective, ensuring compliance to standards and saving internal management time. Our Auditor has been trained as a Lead Auditor with bsi.
We are experienced at auditing companies across many sectors. We will check that your company is complying with the standard as well as following the best practice policies and processes for effective quality management.
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