Internal Audit Check List:
As mentioned earlier, the ISO standards are all about continuous improvement and follow the Plan, Do, Check, Act approach. The “Check” phase is critical to continuous improvement. One of the key tools to use in the check phase is an internal audit process.
The purpose of an internal audit is to provide an insight into an organisation’s culture, policies and procedures by verifying internal controls such as operating effectiveness, risk mitigation controls, and compliance with any relevant laws or regulations.
To assist with internal audit an Internal Audit Checklist will be produced. The checklist is designed and pre-populated to cover the standard in a logical way, saving time and money and removing the need to develop such a document from scratch. The checklist will also contain guidance on how to complete an internal audit.
The auditing process is critical to the success of an ISO system. The Internal Audit Checklist will ensure that every clause is covered, and that suitable and sufficient objective evidence is collected to meet the requirements of the standard.