New Auditing Standard ISO 19011- A Preview
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The latest version of the ISO19011 "Guidelines for Auditing Management
Systems" is due to be published next year. Users of this standard will note
that the title, which was "Guidelines of quality and/or environmental
management systems auditing" now reflects the need to audit ALL
management systems, and not just quality and environmental systems.
Providers of Internal Audit Courses have concentrated predominately on Quality
and Environmental management systems, but it is becoming clear that 18001 (the
Health and Safety Standard), ISO27001 (the Information Security
Standard), ISO20001 (The IT Service Management Standard) plus the automotive
Standard TS 16949 and the Aerospace Standard AS9100 and many others are
featuring more and more. These need to be audited on a regular basis.
Our own internal auditing course will be updated to reflect these changes,
once the standard is published.
The new auditing Standard focuses far more on RISK, including the risk of not
carrying out audits correctly, either through inappropriately defined audit
objectives, insufficient competence of auditors or inadequate risk evaluation
Competence of auditors in the Standards being audited features in the new
annex A to 19011 and details the discipline- specific knowledge and skills of
- Information Security
- Resilience, Security, Preparedness and Continuity (RSPC)
- Transportation Safety
One revolutionary part deals with distance or remote auditing by video or
telephone link. A marked change and one recognising the use of
technology to reduce travel times and maximise auditor resource usage.
Where sampling of systems takes place, e.g where it is not practical nor cost
effective to examine 100% of the items, a representative sample of the
population may be used to provide sufficient evidence that the sample is truly
representative of the whole population. Annex C provides an informative
strategy for auditors. This section also recognises that the
"Auditorís nose" can be used to choose a sample based on size, selection,
methodology and previous experience. Where extensive sampling is
required the Standard refers the reader to Sampling Plan Standards (e.g. ISO 2859)
And finally there is far more emphasis on the evaluation of auditors/team
leaders to ensure competence, skills, knowledge and personal behaviour.
This update is well overdue as the original standard was produced in 2002 and
we can look forward to its publication in 2011.
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About the Author
Chris Eden FIBC, MISSA, ACQI is a director of Quality Matters Limited an established independent management consultancy based in Essex, UK which specialises in ISO9001 Quality Management consultancy.
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Article Published/Sorted/Amended on Scopulus 2010-09-06 14:29:43 in Business Articles