IATF 16949 Internal Audit Example

Shodson

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Hello- I have recently gone through IATF Internal Auditor training and have now been tasked with doing our internal audit. Does someone have a basic template of an internal audit to maybe spark something for me to create my own? Just looking for some inspiration...
 

Johnny Quality

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Shodson,

Welcome,

All the inspiration you should need should be the documented requirements which your organization or customer should have.

Product audit? Grab the CAD, drawing or whatever you have that states what the product should be.

Process audit? Your organization should have documentation on how the process should be done. Work instructions, process flow, something like that. Have a copy with you and use that to guide your questions.

Systems audit? Same as process audit.

Dock audit? Don't waste your time...

On a separate note do you have previous audits from your organization to study?
 

Shodson

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Hello and thank you
I do have previous audits to study but where I'm getting stuck is that they are not IATF based internal audits. Rather just an internal audit...so I don't have any sort of direction to go with that other than I know I need to use the process based approach and organize my form that way. I'm just trying to satisfy the IATF standard for internal audits and not sure where to go...
 

Johnny Quality

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Well what type of audit are you trying to do? Process, System or Product?

Don't try to "satisfy the IATF standard" first, do what is right to make your internal audits worth performing.
 

Johnny Quality

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Then do you have documentation on how the system should work? Base your questions on that. Ensure conformance to the documentation and look for opportunities to improve the process with the auditee(s).

Oh, also highlight what's good and effective in the process. I read once that people would prefer to be mugged than audited so it's wise to be positive when you can.
 

Mikey324

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Plan, Do, Check, Act

For each process or system, you need to figure out


Plan: What is the target or objective. What is the process intended to do?


Do: How is it done? Procedures, instructions, control plan, etc followed? Do people know how it should be done?

Check: Are targets being met, products made to spec?

Act: if no, are there actions in place to correct/improve it?


You need to think of each process in that way. Process maps are valuable to link it all together. Process flow charts, operator instructions, part drawings, control plans/FMEA. What are the outputs? Who are the customers (and that could be the next internal process).

You really wont find a boxed, one size fits all, internal audit template. Not that would satisfy the standard requirements and benefit your company. You don't want to do anything just to check a box and meet a requirement. When you plan your internal audit, it should be done in a way that will add value to your company.
 

Quality Girl62

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I'm jumping into this as I'm in the same place. I was trained to IATF and Internal auditing then made Lead Auditor. I have past auditing experience but more procedure and clause based with checklists. I was not taught how to plan a process approach audit. I was given people from the organization to audit as part of their already busy jobs who don't have time to dedicate full weeks toward auditing. I've been setting up audits by ordering standard clauses in order of basic processes as best as I can figure out by one consultant who contradicts another consultants direction within the same organization. My Director is not familiar with the current way of auditing and thinks things should be clause based. I've been looking for examples to use as a guide myself.
 

Mikey324

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I'm jumping into this as I'm in the same place. I was trained to IATF and Internal auditing then made Lead Auditor. I have past auditing experience but more procedure and clause based with checklists. I was not taught how to plan a process approach audit. I was given people from the organization to audit as part of their already busy jobs who don't have time to dedicate full weeks toward auditing. I've been setting up audits by ordering standard clauses in order of basic processes as best as I can figure out by one consultant who contradicts another consultants direction within the same organization. My Director is not familiar with the current way of auditing and thinks things should be clause based. I've been looking for examples to use as a guide myself.

I'm not sure how you could do an effective process audit if you only audit to the clauses. What goes into the process? What's the plan to get the process done? What comes out of it? Was it what you expected? If not, what's being done about it? Is that working? I don't think you can get all that by checking off clauses?
 
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