13 Mar, 2017
An audit is a mandatory part of running an ISO management system, but what can you achieve from having an external auditor reviewing your system?
Picture this – you have recently had an auditor visit your company. They have assessed the evidence you have provided showing that you are following your management system and given you a report. But, what can you do with this report? What can you achieve?
The main achievement you will get from your audit is being able to address areas for improvement. You will have a section in your report in which the auditor will recommend actions you can take to improve your management system, and you can take this advice and follow through with these recommended actions.
Another important aspect of the audit is seeing how suitable your management system is running for your company. You will be able to identify if your system is fit for purpose and continually improving by looking at the feedback you have been provided with in your report.
A major factor of keeping your management system running to its potential is to ensure that everyone is complying with the new policies and procedures you have in place. If there is any part of your system that does not comply as it should, this would be added to your list of non-conformances. You can then work on this so that it doesn’t become an issue in the future.
Part of the audit will be spent looking at how you are progressing to meet your business objectives. You can come away from your audit at the end with fresh knowledge of new objectives to aim for and how you can achieve these.
Do you have an audit coming up soon? Take a look at our useful video on how to prepare for your audit:
Sources – ISO Quality Services Ltd, Preserve Articles
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