Once a business has an established management system in place, it is essential to undertake regular internal auditing in order to benefit from ongoing improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and control.
What is an Internal Audit?
An internal audit is intended to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of an organisations Management System the businesses overall performance. These internal audits verify compliance with the ISO standards and how the processes are implemented and maintained and are a key building block to an effective Management System.
Management system audits should be:
– Planned and scheduled at regular intervals
– Completed by an impartial auditor – a requirement of every ISO standard
Failure to complete internal audits can result in:
– Internal issues from failing to verify procedures
– Unwanted external non-conformances
The vital information gathered from these internal audits allows organisations to continually improve their business, processes and operations as well as maintaining an audit ready status in the event of an external regulatory inspection.
A well developed, effective audit program can