While a lot is said about preparation and other aspects of auditing, most people only see this part of the picture. Planning for the audit is seldom thought about because it is rarely seen. However, preparation for the audit may take as long as the audit its self. This is less of an issue with registrar audits and even less so with small companies. But when you have a large company, pre-audit coordinating, for example, can be a nightmare.
Making up check lists can also be a problem, and also take up some time. But for most companies doing internal audits, once a check list is made up, with consideration to the company s audit system, it will not change very often so the issue is typically one of being time consuming only prior to the first round of audits.
The Part People See
Collection of Information
Record and Grade Nonconformances
Evaluation of Number and Significance of Nonconformances
Assessment of Compliance to Requirements
Preparation of Findings
Closing Meeting Review
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