This is the second installment in the ISO 19011 audit series which looks at activities required to successfully prepare for an integrated management audit. In this post we will look at pre-audit activities and elaborate on the graph below:
Scheduling an audit
Initial contact is made with the auditee to:
Gather and review background information
In order to prepare for an audit, the necessary documentation for the management system needs to be reviewed. The documentation review should include:
An audit plan should be developed by the audit team leader based on the information obtained from the audit programme and from the documentation provided by the auditee. This plan should facilitate the efficient scheduling and coordination of audit activities in order to achieve the objectives effectively.
The audit plan should include but is not limited to the following:
The audit team leader will assign responsibility for auditing specific processes, activities or functions to each team member.
Audit team members are obliged to collect and review the information relevant to their audit activities and prepare work documents, such as checklists, audit sampling plans and forms for recording information for the purpose of recording audit evidence. The work documents need to be retained for the duration of the audit or for as long as specified in the audit plan.
Once administration details have been finalised, it is then time to look at the activities required to carry out the audit which is the focus of our next blog post in this series.
Submitted by our Health & Safety, Quality and Environment & Energy Tutors, Antaris Consulting
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