January, 2011 Newsletter Articles

Minor vs. Major

Jan 11, 2011 in Newsletter | 0 comments

Why do most internal audit programs classify reported nonconformities as minor or major? Especially when it is not a requirement of ISO 9001 and related quality standards. It may be the audit manager attended an auditor course where the instructor made it seem like classifying the severity of nonconformities was a requirement. Or, it may be the audit manager knows certification body auditors categorize nonconformities as minor or major and wants internal auditors to follow suit. Identifying the severity of nonconformities helps third party...

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Integrated System

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I have developed an integrated quality, environmental, and safety requirements course based on the ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 standards. This 1.5 day onsite course presents the requirements in ISO 9001 clause sequence, with the related ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 requirements included at the applicable spots. As an example, the ISO 9001 requirements for Internal Audit, clause 8.2.2, are shown below, along with the Internal Audit requirements for ISO 14001, clause 4.5.5, and OHSAS 18001, clause 4.5.5. Each requirement is individually...

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Whittington Webinars

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Larry Whittington will present the following webinars in January and February through Compliance Online. Click on the webinar title for more information. January 14, 2011, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST: “The Auditee Bill of Rights” January 27, 2011, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST: “Get Tough on Corrective Actions” February 8, 2011, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM EST: “Improve Your Audit Checklist”...

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Audit Terminology

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As auditors, we should understand the key terms that are part of the audit vocabulary. The definitions of selected audit terms from ISO 9000:2005 are shown below in italics. The other comments are mine. Audit: An audit is a systematic, independent, and documented process for obtaining evidence and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled. An audit is “systematic” because it is an orderly, planned, and methodical activity. It is “independent” because it is conducted by...

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