AUDITING

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Auditing

An audit is a systematic evaluation of objective data to determine the level of fulfillment of some predetermined criteria. We conduct assessments (audits) of existing quality systems to determine compliance or degree of compliance with the appropriate ISO 9000 based standard. Examples would be ISO 9001, AS9100, TS16949, TL9000, API-Q1, ISO 13485, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, or other standard of the client’s choice. This assessment will be led or performed by fully trained Assessors. The following services are offered:


  • Gap Analysis: This is performed on a varying level of comprehensiveness, starting with the lowest level, which would be a survey, to a high level of detail to find minute nonconformities. A gap analysis is typically conducted as first step to designing a system.
  • Pre-assessment Audit: this is an audit that typically is performed prior to a registration audit, which is the audit based upon which a certificate is awarded by a registrar.
  • Supplier Evaluation: These are audits that a client would ask us to do on their behalf for the purpose of evaluating potential suppliers.
  • Subcontract Third Party Quality Systems Assessment: These are audits typically requested by registrars to evaluate a company that is seeking certification.
  • Perform your Internal Audits: This is perhaps the most popular. This is where a client would engage us to do audits on their behalf on themselves. Most large companies train a team of auditors that spend a good portion of their time for auditing. Smaller companies, however, are better served by hiring professional auditors on a part time basis. The job gets done better.

Our Quality Management software QISS has a dedicated module for auditing where specific data regarding audits performed within or by your company is stored.  Audit dates, agendas and schedules are prepared in the module and results are kept in the system for review by management or customers. Dates to remember such as new audit dates, performance or corrective action due dates are available that keep a user up to date and never late with work that is on a schedule or timetable. Employees are automatically notified with tasks and a due date and the company is prompted (by email) if a task or due date is late.  This allows the user to always be on top of the performance of a company’s QMS.


Besides the Audit module, our QISS software has a full suite of integrated modules that help you run a system scalable in complexity and size from a rudimentary single location with a handful of personnel to multi-national organizations with many locations organized in regions, etc, and with thousands of people. QMS Software QISS is designed to take a company to full compliance and keep it there. Since it is a web-based data-base software, the multitudes of records kept automatically by the software and the associated charts and reports makes the job of the auditor easier. She does not have to verify mundane aspects of compliance such as “was this calibration done on time?” “Are these employees fully trained in their relevant requirements?” Charts and reports will give you such answers. The auditor therefore can verify such compliance within minutes, with a few mouse-clicks. The auditor then has the time to concentrate on the process-approach to auditing, and evaluate not just the presence of a system, but also to get a reading on the “quality” of the quality management system.

 

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