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I know I, along with everybody else on this side of the quality divide, have been banging on about this. Certification Bodies are short on auditors and they in turn are short on dates. However, watch this short video about another issue (even though WP appears to want me upside down in the thumbnail all’s good when you click play). You will not believe it, or will you? Will you please let me know.

 

 

canstockphoto43475088Reviewing how certain sites are coping with the new ‘2015’ format for internal audits has occasionally flagged up some interesting issues.  Some have taken the ‘interview’ style with top management quite literally and reported them along the lines of ‘I asked/ he said’ which just doesn’t come over well when you read it back. You need to summarise the discussion in a way that allows you to report it in the usual factual way rather than it turning into a play.

Of more importance, you still need the objective evidence. You can’t be asking questions then reporting it back as ‘It was stated that etc’. So, what to look for?

Clearly a major document should be the SWOT analysis for the Context of the Organisation. I covered this in a video on a recent post. Also you would expect to see some document that has the needs and requirements of interested parties and the recent reviews and actions if necessary. When you come onto Leadership itself ask them to explain using document that already exist – objectives, policy, critical support process risk review etc.

The need for objective evidence is still their whatever the audit. More helpful tips and support as always can be found at the ISO 9001 Support Centre. Just click through.

It is a very common occurrence when I go on site to conduct my Competent Auditor session that I get asked, “Well that’s OK, but what does an audit look like and what questions should I ask?” Taking that on board, my colleague Amanda and I are putting this video out to see what reaction it gets. Would it help you, your colleagues or your clients get a clearer picture of how they should go about an audit and how to handle the responses?

It is only the trailer as the full video lasts around 12 minutes which starts with a good audit then follows with the three reasons it fails – system inadequate, disregarded or needed

Please leave your comment below and I’ll send the full version to those of you who offer the most constructive feedback. PLEASE don’t get hung up on the actual content and interpretation as we all know each of us will probably approach it in our one unique way 🙂

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Delighted to announce that I have uploaded six new videos that take you on a gentle stroll through the new standard as part of the series “Amanda Asks About Auditing”. We literally flip through the standard as I explain what’s different and where some of the existing items from 9001:2008 have been relocated.

Here’s a quick trailer so you can see what I mean and get a feel as to how we cover it all. It’s quite funky as well!

You can check out the full series here where you will also catch a glimpse in the VIP area of another video idea that we are working on.

Be great to hear what you think when you’ve had chance to watch it.

 

 

Just What Makes A Good Audit Sample?

Now if you are responsible for internal audits at your place of work there is a fair change you are limited for time. You therefore accept that you are only going to check a sample in relation to the process being audited – but just how many records does that mean?

Now, I am not getting into a discussion here as regards statistically valid numbers, more of deploying some common sense based on what I have seen over the years. You, like me, start off with good intentions so perhaps half a dozen orders may get sampled at the start, then that reduces to three or four but as time goes on you fall into one of two traps.

You start picking just one order out and worse still you keep using that one to satisfy several questions on your checklist/ flow chart as both time and energy start to ebb away.

Ok, well that ‘s understandable on the basis that it tails off at the end, but the real issue is if you only ever start with one order right st the beginning. So, what then is the rule of thumb?

I am a great believer in the rule of three so do my best to use that at the start. Hopefully you find all three are good so move on, but if not do remember to resample before writing out that CAR. If the second sample re-enforces your view that there is something untoward then fair enough, but at least you have given it a fair chance.

One final point. If what you find is simply of an admin nature – signature missed, reference number missing or paperwork misfiled – can I suggest you get it sorted during the audit rather than being dogmatic and raising that CAR. That helps all concerned 🙂

However, I am not suggesting for one moment that my numbers are set in stone so do share how you deal with this part of the audit process.

Companies certified to ISO 9001 could have a surprise in store when the standard eventually gets revised from the 2008 version to that of 2015. Ok, so there is now an alleged delay I hear in that we won’t see this published until the autumn now but don’t rest on your laurels.  You need to get ahead of the game on this one and hear’s why.

Some say it is the most significant change they have seen to the standard

However, companies will doubtless leave it to the last-minute thus putting themselves under pressure having less time to talk it through with staff  and then introduce all the changes required of them. Certainly the Owner,CEO or MD is being asked to be more hands on in the running of the system so that’ll come as a shock to most.  No longer can it be bolted onto the business or simply viewed as a delegated task for one unsuspecting member of staff.  Also, have they seen the significant changes in relation to that person’s role anyway or the documents that are removed and the processes that are added? Will they understand how to introduce risk management for example.

What action can I take?

Well, I am already chatting to certified companies to paint a picture as to what is coming their way with the new standard. I have attended sessions with no less than three certification bodies and am about to undertake my auditor transition course. I trust you are making similar arrangements whichever side of the fence you see yourself.

A good place to start

Here is a trailer of my recent webinar “9001:2015 – What’s All the Fuss About” to set the scene for you.

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