Technical

How to Report Your Audit Findings

At the conclusion of an audit, the audit team presents its findings to the auditee at the closing meeting. Before leaving, the auditor also typically gives the auditee their findings that detail any nonconformities supported by objective evidence. Following this, the lead auditor needs to compile a detailed audit report. The audit report needs to [...]

By | November 6th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on How to Report Your Audit Findings

Conducting an Opening Meeting

An opening meeting is a short, typically informal meeting to discuss basic details of the audit. An opening meeting sets the scene for the audit and, if done well, can create a terrific first impression. So how do you conduct a successful opening meeting? The opening meeting is led by the lead auditor primarily to [...]

By | October 20th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Conducting an Opening Meeting

Elements of Writing a Nonconformance

Nonconformances are a common outcome of audits. Although no auditor should go into an audit looking to find fault, if delivered correctly nonconformances can provide opportunities for continuous improvement. However, if the nonconformance is not recorded or reported accurately, preventive or corrective actions may be difficult for the organization to perform. Let’s look at the [...]

By | October 5th, 2016|General, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Elements of Writing a Nonconformance

The Value of Using Statistics

Statistics are often used in the business world to help management make decisions quickly and accurately. The data generated from statistical analysis is also of value to auditors during the audit process. To understand the value of statistics, let’s start by looking at the basics. In simple terms, statistics are numerical information that has been [...]

By | May 5th, 2016|General, Management, Technical|Comments Off on The Value of Using Statistics

Top 5 root cause analysis tools

Selecting the right root cause analysis tools to solve a problem is paramount to not only ensure the analysis is effective and efficient, but also that the real root cause is in fact identified. Identifying the root cause doesn’t require complex tools. Effective root cause analysis can be done using five simple tools. 1. Brainstorming [...]

By | November 30th, 2015|General, Management, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Top 5 root cause analysis tools

Using Technology to Increase Auditor Knowledge

In this modern, fast-paced environment, it’s important that auditor knowledge is kept up to date with the latest standards and industry developments. However, finding the time and the means to complete continuous learning can be a challenge in a complicated and busy profession such as auditing. With the advancement of Internet-based training, connected devices, and [...]

By | November 11th, 2015|Management, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on Using Technology to Increase Auditor Knowledge

Top Five Benefits of Online Learning

Online learning, or e-learning, has become more prominent in recent years and provides people the opportunity to complete their education and training via the Internet at a time and location that best suits them.  Learning new professional skills through online learning makes the decision to advance your career through study more affordable and easier to [...]

By | October 27th, 2015|General, Personal Development, Technical, Vocational|Comments Off on Top Five Benefits of Online Learning

How ISO standards are developed

Virtually every product, service and system has a standard at its core, with the term referring to a document that provides requirements, specifications, guidelines or characteristics that can be consistently used to ensure it is safe, reliable and fit for purpose. Standards are developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental membership [...]

By | October 12th, 2015|General, Leadership, Management, Technical|Comments Off on How ISO standards are developed

The great leap forward for auditors

The upcoming release of ISO9001: 2015 is encouraging the use of process approach when auditing a client and the use of process approach by clients. Process approach has been around for many years however there is now a greater emphasis on auditors not relying on checklists and clauses to audit clients but to follow the [...]

By | April 14th, 2015|General, Management, Personal Development, Technical|Comments Off on The great leap forward for auditors
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