Besides making sure that a company is complying with laws and regulations, internal audits monitor operating results and verify the accuracy of its accounting and audit trails. They also safeguard against potential fraud, waste or abuse, and seek to identify breakdowns in internal controls.
You must have a documented procedure for your internal audit process. The scope of your internal audit program must cover the: Audit of the QMS to determine conformity to organizational requirements.
In determining the time frame for your audit program, you should consider organization size, complexity of product and processes, health of the QMS, customer, registrar and regulatory requirements, etc. The most common time frame is six months.
Consider adjusting the audit frequency and perhaps even the audit scope, of specific processes or group of processes, when: You experience internal or external nonconformities. Have critical or high risk processes. Have frequent or significant changes to processes and product.
Your internal audit program should consider the following: Input from audited area and related areas Key customer oriented processes Process and product performance results and expectations Opportunities for continual improvement Feedback from customers Audit criteria, refers to the specific QMS policies, objectives, ISO requirements, documentation, customer and regulatory requirements, etc.
Audit criteria may relate to the whole audit program as well as each individual audit. Audit methods refer to the specific techniques that auditors use to gather objective audit evidence that can be evaluated to determine conformity to audit criteria.
Examples of audit methods include interview of personnel, observation of activities, review of documents and records, etc.
You must define the minimum qualification requirements for internal auditors. These requirements include knowledge of QMS processes and their interaction, related QMS controls, customer requirements, applicable regulatory requirements, the ISO standard, the audit process and audit techniques.
Internal auditors needs to be trained in the ISO standard as they generally audit for conformity to organizational requirements and also for conformity to ISO requirements. Additionally, the ISO You must have appropriate resources for your annual audit program.
These include having sufficient trained auditors available to conduct scheduled audits, sufficient time to perform audits, availability of department or process personnel to be audited, time and tools to prepare audit records and reports, etc.
Auditor should be Independence. During the audit Auditors should ensure that the objectivity and impartiality of the audit is not compromised. Auditors cannot audit their own work. Auditor independence must be ensured when assigning personnel to specific audits.
Process owners must take timely corrective action on nonconformities found in their area. They should use the corrective action procedure to determine root cause, take appropriate action and follow-up to determine if results indicate that the root cause has been eliminated.
Audit results must be summarized and reported for management review. The Process manager must analyze the results of each audit as well as the annual audit program to determine strengths and weaknesses in QMS processes, interactions, functions, products, etc. Audit records include annual audit schedule, audit planning such as criteria, scope, frequency, methods, auditor selection and assignment, etc.
Performance indicators should be used to measure the effectiveness of your internal audit process and monitor trends in these indicators, to continually improve your audit program.
Performance indicators may include reducing the number of — late or delayed audits, incomplete audits, incomplete audit records and late reports, auditor errors, auditee complaints, and use of untrained auditors, etc. The output of your internal audit program may be used as performance indicators to: Determine the effectiveness of QMS implementation and maintenance.
Determine the degree of conformity of product to contractual and regulatory requirements. Identify areas of the QMS that need improvement.Process Mapping and Process-Based Internal Audits Presented by Shannon Craddock of Perry Johnson Registrars, Inc.
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Footnotes (AS - Consideration of the Internal Audit Function): 1 An internal audit function may consist of one or more individuals who perform internal auditing activities within an entity. This section is not applicable to personnel who have the title internal auditor but who do not perform internal auditing activities as described herein.. 2 Although internal auditors are not. What is an 'Internal Audit' Internal audits evaluate a company’s internal controls, including its corporate governance and accounting processes. They ensure compliance with laws and regulations. Standards. The PCAOB establishes auditing and related professional practice standards for registered public accounting firms to follow in the preparation and issuance of audit reports.
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MISSISSIPPI STATE INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER LEARNING OFFICE OF INTERNAL AUDIT PAGE | 2 Internal Audit Charter fulfill its mission and ensure its professionals are adequately trained to perform their assignments 4 Authority To the extent permitted by law, the Office of Internal .