An internal audit is used to assess a process against the procedure that it is supposed to follow, as well as checking that the process complies with the requirements of ISO 9001. It is important to remember that the procedure does not need to be documented, but each process will have some requirements, also called criteria or planned arrangements, that need to be met for the process to be successful. The audit will gather audit evidence and compare it to the criteria for the process to see if the criteria are fulfilled. In other words, if your process says you will do something, do you have the evidence to show that you do? This evidence could come in the form of records, statements of fact, or observing personnel doing the job. This internal audit assessment is done on-site, where the gap analysis is commonly done much more superficially through a questionnaire, document review, or similar tool.
The comparison of the audit evidence against the criteria will result in audit findings, which are either that the process meets the requirements, or that there are corrective actions required. The internal audit is there to ensure that the processes of the QMS conform to the planned arrangements for the processes. For example, if your contract award process requires that you complete a checklist to make sure that all aspects of the contract are correct and properly approved, the audit will verify some of these checklists to ensure they are correctly completed and maintained.
In addition to verifying process conformance, the internal audit is also tasked with making sure that the processes of the QMS are effectively implemented and maintained. This means that the personnel doing the internal audit are responsible for assessing whether the process is being corrected and improved as necessary. Effectiveness can also include the interaction between processes, since this is often where inefficiencies exist.
Any company, irrespective of the size can go for ISO Certification. You can go for ISO certification even if your organization is run by just 1 staff.
As business becomes ever more competitive, ISO Certification can be a cost – effective means to demonstrate to customers that quality assurance is of paramount importance to your organisation. A recent study of various organisations with ISO Certification revealed an increase in turnover, sales, customer satisfaction and savings.
Because we keep the entire process hassle-free, ISO 9001 Certification can take just 7 – 30 days to complete based on your company’s size. In fact, our ‘Keep it simple’ approach means we can:
- Reduce the time taken to acquire ISO Certification.
- Cut the cost of Certification.
- We provide you with an ISO implementation kit which makes the process simpler.
- We provide 24/7 access to our backend support team who can assist you remotely.
- Reduce the cost of maintaining Certification.
The cost mainly depends upon number of employees in your organization, your products and services. The cost also depends upon accreditation body and certification body. Our services are not only competitive but also come to you with highest standards of professionalism.
The certificate that is issued is valid for a period of 3 years provided the company clears the Surveillance Audit which is conducted by the certification body once in every year.
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