ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit is an important task involved in the ISO Certification process. The role of an ISO auditor is crucial in the success of the ISO Certification implementation process.
Getting ISO Certified in UAE has many business benefits, however, the implementation of the Quality Management System is quite a complex task depending on the complexity of the process of each organization.
ISO auditors are an integral part of the ISO Certification Implementation process. ISO 9001:2015 Certification process helps to determine the efficiency of the operational processes and effectiveness of the QMS system.
ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit Process
There are two types of ISO Certification audits for the issuance of ISO 9001 Certification – Internal Audit (ISO Consultants & Organization) and External Audit (ISO Certification Body).
Both of the audits are essential and verify the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System and its compliance with the ISO Certification guidelines.
ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit – Role of an ISO Consultant
Getting associated with an ISO Consultant is a must-have for implementing ISO 9001:2015 Certification the right way.
The ISO Consultants will play a vital role in streamlining the management system and lead the ISO Audit.
ISO Consultants will coordinate the process of internal audits and also conduct the gap analysis to identify the vulnerabilities.
Risk assessment and complying with the ISO Certification Standard is another key area ISO Consultants are experienced with.
ISO Audit – How Internal Audit Helps in Identifying Risks in the Organization
Preparing the right documentation and quality manuals by the ISO Consultants will help the organization achieve the ISO Certification quickly.
Internal Audit helps to uncover hidden vulnerabilities in the business operations and the quality management system implementation progress,
Also, proposing the corrective actions and identifying the factors that require improvement before the internal audit helps the management to be ready for the internal audit.
Internal Audits – How to device Corrective Actions
Internal Audits are conducted by the expert ISO Consultant and it covers the whole of the organizations business operations.
Internal Audit involves the extended support of all employees across various functionalities and departments depending on the complexity of the organizational structure and business activity.
During the Internal Audit, the ISO Consultant will ensure the management system is compliant with ISO Standard regulations.
Quality Manual Documentation Preparation – ISO 9001:2015 Certification Audit
The Management System and operations process of the organization is thoroughly assessed by the ISO Consultants for any vulnerabilities.
The quality manual documentation is prepared accordingly, all the process improvements, current stage, road maps, and plans are assessed and noted down.
The QMS System is implemented in the organization once the current stage is assed and vulnerabilities are identified and corrected.
Internal Auditing System – Things to know
To get through the ISO Certification Audit, the management system and business operations must comply with the ISO Certification requirements. ISO Internal Audit is the key factor towards a faster ISO Certification.
To achieve the ISO Certification at the earliest having a robust internal auditing system is essential for every organization
Elements of an Effective Internal Auditing System
Here are some elements of an effective Internal Auditing System.
1. ISO 9001:2015 Checklist
The ISO Consultants must be well experienced and must have the ISO 9001:2015 Checklist to implement the Quality Management System to be compliant with the ISO Standard.
2. Coordination with the Departments
The Auditing must be in alignment with the multiple team and departments of the organization. Depending on the size of the organization, the teams can be chosen for the auditing.
In those departments where the impact of QMS is the most, the teams are to be frequently audited to measure the performance and compliance to ISO standards in their operations.
3. Audit Frequency
Audit frequency is a key component. The efficiency of the system depends on how frequently the internal team audits business operations.
4. Audit Plan
A clear road map of the audit including the number of auditors from each team, estimated timeline, area of responsibility, etc., are essential components of a successful ISO Audit.
5. Audit Objective & Scope
Arriving at the right business objective and scope of the ISO audit is important for the overall success of the ISO Certification Audit process.
The QMS System and Audit process depends on the scope created and the business objectives identified through the management meeting and team meetings.
6. Audit Feedback and Review
Post the ISO Audit there will be a management review meeting where the audit feedback and next steps will be discussed.
This helps in getting ready with an effective Quality Management System for the organization.
7. Implementing Corrective Action
After the management meeting, the required corrective actions must be implemented to the quality management system to make it ISO 9001:2015 compliant.
8. Getting Ready for ISO Certification
Once all the corrective actions are implemented and the Quality Manual Documentation is completed, the Quality Management System implementation is re-audited by the internal auditor.
At this stage, it is made ready for the ISO Certification Audit that will be conducted by the ISO Certification body to issue the ISO 9001:2015 Certificate.
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