CertiKit’s Lead ISO27001 Auditor Jerry Lawrence gives guidance for a successful internal audit to ensure your organization gets the best out of your time with the auditor whatever standard you’re complying to.
There are several factors that ensure audits are effective for the auditor, the auditee, and to make best use of the time spent.
In detail below we look at the importance of:
When receiving the audit report, ensure your chosen auditor follows best practise:
Even if your audit report has some nonconformances and/or observations, it’s important to take note of the reported positive aspects too and share them among the wider team.
Collecting data on audits and outcomes of audits doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple measures should help your organization understand the progress of audits within the annual audit schedule as well as any audit findings and this all becomes useful data for the Management Review to make effective decisions about the health of the management system.
The overall gain/loss line shows under planning the time for audits
Internal audits also delve deeper into the implementation and compliance of processes than those performed in certification audits so can be a far more accurate indicator of how well your processes are adopted within the organization.
It is important that Senior Management recognise the need to assign time and resources to internal audits, but it is equally important that auditors perform efficient, clear and effective audits so that Senior Management get a true and accurate picture of the performance of its business operations.
CertiKit offer both full pre-certification audits and ongoing internal audits performed by a qualified ISO27001 lead auditor. Whether you’re a toolkit customer or not, we’d be happy to assist you with your ISO27001 internal auditing requirements. CertiKit’s internal audits are performed remotely via MS Teams by our consultants in the UK and are most suitable for organizations +/- 2 hours of UK time zone. Please note, CertiKit are not a Registered Certification Body and cannot provide you with a formal management system certification.