Internal Audit

Ideal Vision Consulting offersInternal Auditing servicesfor ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004, OHSAS 18001:2007 and internal auditing against non-ISO / supplier or other quality systems.

Do you feel a rising panic before your certification audits?

We can help you look forward to your next certification visit confident that you are up to date with your audit schedule, and any issues identified; minimizing the likelihood of unwanted non-conformances. In addition to this, we can provide a complete audit management service, acting alongside your onsite management representative, including the following:

  • Raising and verification of corrective actions relating to audits,
  • Control of the Management Review Process, scheduling, chairing and producing minutes for meetings.

 

We offer an internal audit service where we manage the system on your behalf. We ensure that internal audits are completed regularly, management reviews are held at least annually, and any non-conformances are rectified. We also act as your management representative during external assessment processes.

We have a number of skilled and experienced auditors who can audit your management system and are independent and impartial to the process, as required by any standard.

Audits can either be based on your own existing audit timetable (providing it is adequate and covers all requirements) or we can set up and run a new audit timetable for you.

We will then complete internal audits according to the timetable, and schedule visits to ensure that all elements of the system are covered prior to your external annual assessment, which we will also attend. If necessary we will raise any non conformances, advising where necessary on corrective actions, and ensure all actions are completed.

Once you have a management system established, it is essential to undertake regular internal auditing so that you benefit from ongoing improvements in efficiency, effectiveness and control. Management system audits should be:

  • Planned and scheduled at regular intervals
  • Completed by an impartial auditor

 

Failure to complete internal audits will create problems:

  • Internally – not checking verification of your procedures
  • Externally – unwanted non-conformances

 

Benefits of using an external auditor:

Impartiality - External auditors are not involved in the day to day running of the business. Impartiality of auditors is a requirement of all management standards.

Time - Auditing is time consuming, take the pressure off internal staff and ensure your audit schedule is kept up to date so allowing focus to remain on key business activities.

Objective - Using an external auditor provides a fresh pair of eyes, more likely to identify weaknesses in your approach, enabling you to address these and build confidence in the effectiveness of the management system.

Knowledge – especially important in Health and Safety and environmental management systems

Organization, so audits are planned and scheduled, so will be completed regularly and on time

A “fresh look" – much more likely to spot any errors than an internal auditor

Cost Effective - A specialist management systems auditor will have gained high level qualifications and significant experience across a range of different businesses without you needing to employ a full time specialist.

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