Auditing, in terms of a management system, is the process of systematically and independently evaluating the effectiveness of the management system or elements of the system for compliance with objectives and requirements.
Audits seek to find objective evidence (findings) to demonstrate that the system has been implemented and that defined objectives and requirements have been fulfilled.
Where objective evidence is not available, analysis of the findings needs to be undertaken and corrective actions determined and implemented to correct the immediate issue and improvements need to be determined and implemented to prevent recurrence.
The findings from audits could lead to changes in the management system (improvements).
The types of audit conducted on management system are generally as follows –
- Internal audits, sometimes also termed first-party audits which are usually conducted by an organisation itself, and,
- External audits these include second and third-party audits. Second party audits are conducted by parties having an interest in the organisation for example customers or by other persons on their behalf and Third-party audits which are conducted by external, independent auditing organisations providing certification / registration of conformity or governmental agencies etc.
QMIS work with various customers including Certification Bodies and we can assist you in auditing your management systems or preparing for certification.