What is an ISO Audit?
An ISO Audit is basic terms means checking to confirm you are actually doing what you say you are doing.
True auditing is aimed at providing independent and unbiased factual data-not expressing opinions During an ISO audit:
- Verify that the management system is in compliance with the relevant ISO standard
- Check to confirm that the actions taken to meet the objectives of the organization are suitable
- Verify that any problems within the management system have been addressed
- Look for any improvements that can be made to the system
The ISO definition for an audit is:
A systematic and independent examination to determine whether quality activities and related results comply with planned arrangements and whether these arrangements are implemented effectively and are suitable to achieve objectives.
Our certified lead auditors will work with your company to develop a planned audit program. There are 3 main types of ISO audit:
First Party Audit – also known as an internal audit. These audits are usually conducted internally by your own staff (that are trained to carry out internal audits), or they can be carried out by an external company on your behalf if you do not have the internal resources.
Second Party Audit – also known as a supplier audit. These audits are usually carried out by lead auditors with your organization and are designed to confirm that the companies that supply products/services to you are doing what they say they are doing. Again, these audits can be carried out by an external company if you do not have the internal resources.
Third Party Audit – also known as a certification audit. These audits are always carried out by a Certification Body auditor. These audits are for the purpose of gaining certification to the relevant ISO standard by an approved body.
Supplier Audits and Evaluations
Audits on your critical suppliers to confirm that they are operating per your requirements. Benefits to be achieve from auditing suppliers:
- Meet requirements of management system standards
- Confidence of supplier products, parts or services
- Identification & opportunities for improvement
- Reduced downtime due to poor supplier products
- Improved customer satisfaction
- Good practice for establishing the competence of certification body auditors
Deﬁnitely, ISO standard could change your business – for the better