ISO 9001 Certification Audits
Once an ISO 9001 program is in place, a company will face audits as part of the certification process. These audits ensure that the company’s program is in compliance with the requirements of the standard. This may seem like a process that would likely cause a great deal of stress, but this needn’t be the case.
If your company is actively engaged in ISO 9001 Quality Management System (QMS) the audit can serve to enhance and improve your improvement processes. An auditor that is serious about the task at hand isn’t there to be the “bad cop”. An auditor’s job is to verify compliance. Where compliance is not found, that information is passed on to the company, so that corrections can be made to meet compliance.
What Strategy Should Be Taken to Prepare for an ISO 9001 Audit?
To best engage with the auditing process, one need only look to the standard itself and act accordingly. Therefore, step one is to know the standard and prepare accordingly. This should inform you as to what information the auditor will need to see so that you can have that information readily available.
ISO 9001:2015 stresses a quality system that involves all stakeholders. This means that all stakeholders should be prepared for the audit and informed as to what information the auditor is likely to require. Again all of this is in the standard. If proper training has been conducted, informing those involved in the audit, should be a review of that training.
Internal Auditing is part of the ISO 9001 management system. If a thorough and honest appraisal has been conducted prior to the certification process it is likely that areas of possible non compliance are already known and can be addressed prior to the certification audit.
CVG Strategy QMS Consultants
We can help you meet your quality management goals. CVG Strategy QMS experts are Exemplar Global Certified Lead Auditors for ISO 9001:2015. We can provide the training required to understand and engage in a QMS and make it meet desired objectives. This process includes defining the context of your organization, creation of internal auditing processes and much more. Contact us to learn more