Diploma in Quality Auditing – How to Initiate a Quality Audit

Initiating a Quality Audit

When you complete the Diploma in Quality Auditing with LMIT, you’ll learn how to initiate and complete a proper audit based on industry standards.

When preparing for an audit,  you will need to ascertain the initial parameters of the audit first. Often the Lead Auditor will source copies of all necessary documentation and parameters.

The initial parameters of an audit should consist of the following:

The audit scope: the extent and boundaries of the audit.

The audit scope generally includes a description of the physical locations, organisational units, activities, processes and or the criteria of the audit.

Auditee details: the main persons of contact throughout the audit within the area of audit.

You will need to obtain any necessary contact details, position titles and names of the people you will need to make contact with to confirm the scheduled audit.

Auditee team: the team of people conducting the audit.

You will need to select auditors according to their audit experience, areas of experience and background and necessary strengths required for the audit.

Auditee team meeting: initial planning discussion with all audit team members.

The Lead Auditor will lead the meeting/discussions required for the audit team members to prepare and plan their responsibilities throughout the audit. Typically the Lead Auditor will assign such responsibilities based on the skills and experience of each auditor.

This is the information required to ensure you know what you will be auditing, where and with whom.

What is an audit criteria?

As defined in 3.2 of AS/NZS ISO 19011:2003:  ‘set of policies, procedures or requirements’.

Put simply, the audit criteria is the set of requirements that the area being audited should be complying with.  Requirements and control points are usually defined in policies, procedures, standards or regulations.  As such these policies, procedures, standards or regulations form the criteria (or benchmark) with which the auditor is evaluating the area against.

Policies and procedures may be used as audit criteria typically during internal audits. Through external audit often the audit criteria is based on a Management System standard. Some examples of Standards follow:

  • ISO 9001:  Quality Management Systems – Requirements
  • ISO/TS 16949: Quality Management Systems – Particular requirements for the application of ISO 9001:2008 for automotive production and service part organizations.
  • ISO 14001: Environmental Management Systems – Specification with guidance for use.
  • HACCP: Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point – Food manufacture.
  • ISO 13485: Quality Systems – Medical devices.
  • AS4360: Risk Management.
  • AS4801: Occupational health and safety management systems – Specification
  • with guidance for use
  • SafetyMAP: Work Safe Victoria (Victorian WorkCover Authority.
  • ACHS:            Australian Council on Health Care.
  • TGA: Therapeutic Goods Administration.

The above examples are only a sample of some of the more commonly known standards; students may wish to visit [HBEG]http://www.standardsaustralia.com.au/[HEND]Standards Australia http://www.standardsaustralia.com.au/to further explore the standards available in their industries.

LMIT provides online training and certification courses for the Diploma of Quality Auditing, Diploma in Quality Management.

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