The ISO 9001 audit is an essential part of becoming and staying ISO 9001 certified. It will help you:
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.
Internal audits should be formal, impartial, objective, and organised in accordance with your internal audit procedures. They should inspect your company’s processes and check that your policies and procedures comply with those documented within your Quality Management System.
ISO 9001 auditors find that using a checklist to record evidence helps them to perform consistent audits as well as evaluate the extent to which the process they are looking at aligns with the documentation.
By looking at how things are done and comparing them with how they should be done, you can identify areas for improvement. You should record these observations and review the audit results at regular management review meetings, which should occur between one and four times a year.
Our consultants are experienced at auditing companies across many sectors. They can use these auditing skills to help you check that your suppliers have the right processes in place to fulfil your needs. In other words, they will check that your company is complying with the standard as well as following the best practice policies and processes for effective quality management.
External audits can also be performed on your suppliers which can form a vital part of your due diligence procedures before awarding contracts. QMS can help with these type of audits also. Our auditors can perform either a standard ISO 9001 audit or an audit that meets your specific requirements. Please visit our third party auditing page for more information.