Internal audit is the process involved in helping organisations achieve their objectives. It is concerned with evaluating and improving the effectiveness of the management system.
Quality Management System Internal audits assist the management team with control and continual Improvement processes in an organisation.
To do this, internal auditors work with management to systematically review systems, operations and procedures. These reviews (audits) are aimed at identifying how well risks are managed including whether the right processes are in place, and whether agreed procedures are being adhered to. Audits can also identify areas where efficiencies or innovations might be made. Internal audits are organised under an ongoing program of review and advisory activity this is based on the strategic needs of an organisation.
In the course of an internal audit, internal auditors work across all areas of an organisation. In addition to the mandatory requirement of ISO or Australian standards internal audits will also cover how the organisation is performing in relation to customers, suppliers, employees health and safety, impact on the environment, control the risks to the organisation; as well as more intangible aspects such as organisational culture and ethics. In fact, any system that has an impact on the effective operation of an organisation may be included in internal audit’s scope.
Internal audit reports are presented to the CEO and management team as they provide an independent viewpoint on the extent to which an organisation is poised for success and advice on areas for improvement.
Internal audit can assist in all sectors (public, private and not-for-profit) and will assist in identify how well procedures have been implemented within the organisation and adherence to the procedures.
ISO9001 Consulting can assist organisations with conducting internal audits to Identify gaps in the management systems; identify opportunities for improvements on a periodic basis. Contact us now to find out more. We employ specialist Quality consultants, OHS Consultants, Environmental consultants and Food Safety consultants that can provide an objective evaluation of your businesses management systems.
What is the Difference Between Internal and External Audit?
Internal audit are often confused with external audit (3rd party audits), however, there are significant differences between the two. External auditors focus on the conformance of systems within an organisation in relation to a specific standard like:
- ISO 9001 –Quality Management System
- OHSAS 18001 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System
- AS 4801 – Occupational Health and Safety Management System
- ISO 14001 – Environmental Management System
- ISO 22001 – Food Safety Management System
Internal audit as the name reflects is conducted internally the internal audits results are handed to the management for follow up and to focus on continual Improvement. The internal audit has a wide reaching brief which considers anything which might be important to an organisation’s success.