ISO 9001 states that the purpose of an ISO 9001 internal audit is to determine whether a quality management system of an organisation:
- Meets your requirements for a QMS, and the requirements of the standard; and
- Is implemented and maintained effectively.
The most important task of the ISO 9001 internal auditor is to continuously monitor the effectiveness of the QMS and help senior staff determine whether the quality objectives are aligned with the organisation’s business objectives.
In smaller organisations, the internal auditor often helps to prepare for ISO 9001 certification or maintenance visit. Therefore, it is very useful to have a solid knowledge of the requirements and processes involved in the ISO 9001 certification audit.
The smaller organizations will probably only need an ISO 9001 internal auditor, but larger organizations often require multiple internal auditors to focus on different departments. Appointing internal auditors for different departments increases accountability and reduces the possibility of errors.
Their work, and the help they provide, isn’t finished after the QMS has been implemented and the audit has been completed. They will continue to monitor the QMS and make recommendations to maintain compliance.
The general auditing skills required to become an ISO 9001:2015 internal auditor can also be used in environments outside those related to the Standard. Furthermore, internal auditors are valuable to organisations that audit third-party suppliers, as they can check that suppliers have adequate security controls in place.
The E-learning course on ISO 9001:2015 Certified Internal Auditor Training gives you the knowledge and skills you need to audit against the standard effectively, driving the continual improvement of your organisation’s QMS. Those who pass the included exam will receive the ISO 9001:2015 certified internal auditor training certificate.