How To Prepare For An ISO 9001 Quality Audit

If you’re interested in an ISO 9001 certification audit, you may be wondering what to expect from the ISO 9001 auditing process. In this blog from Best Practice, we’ll discuss how you can prepare for your quality audit and meet your quality objectives, and what you can expect when working with an external auditor for ISO 9001 certification. 

What Is ISO 9001? Understanding The Basics

First, you may be wondering if you can prepare an ISO 9001 quality audit internally. The answer to that is “no.” It’s not possible to prepare your own ISO 9001 audit, or to perform any other internal ISO audits such as ISO 45001. All ISO audits must be done by an external certification body. 

ISO 9001 is a certification of your organization’s quality management systems (QMS). The most recent revision of this certification is ISO 9001 2015. This is not an individual certification, but one that’s issued to an entire business.

ISO 9001 applies to all businesses and all industries. You can see the technical information and guidelines of ISO 9001 here. But to boil it down, ISO 9001 provides a systematic way to determine if you’re meeting your quality objectives, and provides you with a method of reviewing, and documenting all procedures, processes, and systems related to product quality.

To simplify things further, ISO 9001 is concerned with assessing and analyzing the various systems you have in place to ensure product or service quality – and providing you with information on how they can be improved. If you meet certain ISO standards and requirements, your business will become certified. 

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Understanding The ISO 9001 Process 

The process consists of an opening meeting, where your auditor will discuss what you can expect from your audit. Then, they will perform an audit of your processes using a specialised audit checklist.

Finally, a closing meeting will be held with a review of the results. This will usually include a review of corrective action processes that can help you meet quality objectives and obtain or maintain your ISO 9001 certification, depending on whether or not your business has already been certified.

How Can I Prepare For My ISO 9001 Quality Audit? Our Top Tips

There are a few steps you can take to prepare for an ISO 9001 review of the quality process at your company. Here are our top recommendations at Best Practice. 

  • Review ISO 9001 with your management team – By developing a top-down understanding of ISO 9001 requirements, your team can implement corrective actions to ensure your processes abide by its requirements.
  • Perform regular internal audits – Robust internal auditing helps with continual improvement and corrective actions, and will help you streamline your business and prepare for ISO 9001 auditing. The more rigorous your audits are, the more likely you are to get – and maintain – ISO 9001 certification.
  • Review ISO 9001 with your management team – By developing a top-down understanding of ISO 9001 requirements, your team can implement corrective actions to ensure your processes abide by its requirements.
  • Perform regular internal audits – Robust internal auditing helps with continual improvement and corrective actions, and will help you streamline your business and prepare for ISO 9001 auditing. The more rigorous your audits are, the more likely you are to get – and maintain – ISO 9001 certification.

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Need Help Understanding & Meeting ISO 9001 Requirements? Contact Us Today!

At Best Practice, we are a JAS-ANZ accredited certification body, and we can assist you in understanding and meeting ISO 9001 requirements. We offer consulting, in-house training, and support systems to help you meet your goals of getting ISO 9001 certification at your business.

So don’t wait. Take the first steps toward a better quality management system, and contact us online to learn more about our ISO certification services, education and training programs, and other services.

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