ISO Internal Audit and Supplier Audit explained

The process of conducting an ISO internal audit

  • What is an ISO Internal audit or a supplier audit?

  • An ISO internal audit is an opportunity to check your business system to make sure it is working properly BEFORE you are assessed by a certification body.
  • Generally an internal auditor for ISO will check your business management system against:
    • the ISO standard (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS/ NZS 4801, HACCP/ ISO 22000 or an Integrated Management System)
    • observation of your own internal processes to ensure you are heading in the direction you say you are aiming for.
  • The ISO consultant will then document their findings and make suggestions of actions to improve in the audit report.
  • Click HERE to see a sample ISO internal audit report.
  • Internal audits are performed to answer some of the following questions:
    • Are you meeting the ISO standard requirements in order to pass your next external audit?
    • Are you efficient and effective in what you do in your business?
    • Is your business doing what it says it does?
    • Are there any unidentified hazards?
    • Is risk being managed effectively?
    • Are your controls effective?
    • Do your products conform to any required specifications?
    • Is your management system complete, established and effective?
    • Are you and your suppliers meeting the standards required by you and your customers?
  • Why should we get our system audited by an ISO Internal Auditor?

    • Getting your company audited can provide you with valuable information about how to streamline your systems, minimize waste, manage risk and increase efficiency.
    • Having ISO internal audits done is also frequently a requirement for achieving certification to a particular standard such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, AS/ NZS 4801 or HACCP/ ISO 22000.
    • ISO consultants who are experienced in your industry can provide you with a unique independent perspective on your business processes and help you to solve long-standing problems and prevent future ones without engaging in lengthy and costly internal projects.

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  • What are the benefits of getting your ISO internal audit or supplier audit done by a consultant?

    • Saved staff time and resources: Experienced specialists will audit your whole system in a fraction of the time your company would take freeing up your employees to do the core work of the business.
    • Reduced costs: Using consultants reduces the investments required in training staff- especially when Standards change or personnel leave.
    • Confidentiality: High level management documents can be appropriately assessed by external consultants where it would be inappropriate for other staff in the company to do so.
    • Independence: Our professional consultants will be able to assess the gaps in your system without getting involved in company politics.
    • A fresh perspective: Consultants can offer a helicopter view and fresh input particularly where no solutions seem apparent to a chronic problem.
    • A way forward: Your consultant can document a range of business improvement suggestions in the internal audit report with action items for you to follow step by step.

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