Auditing Integrated Management System

Conducting Safe On-Site Audit During Pandemic

Sharjeel Farooq, IRCA Principal Auditor, and Director of Advanced Certifications Pvt Limited in Pakistan, shares his experience and advice on how to hold a safe on-site audit during the Covid-19 pandemic. The Covid-19 pandemic has introduced new challenges to most organisation’s management systems. For compliance with conformity and assessment requirements, most national and international certification …

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Appreciative Inquiry and Future-Focused ISO Audit

Jessen Yeoh, CQP, MCQI, IRCA QMS/EMS/OHS Principal Auditor, Principal Advisor, P Excel Advisory Pty Ltd, explains the benefits of the Appreciative Inquiry approach in auditing. The motivation and ultimate intention of audit is to check conformance and determine whether audit criteria are fulfilled. Audit should not be a “non-conformance focus” process, concentrating on identifying non-conformances and problem-solving, or even worse, fault-finding and …

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Value of ISO Audit in Different Industries

Cheekeong Loh, CQP MCQI, MIEAust CPEng, outlines how auditing can develop in the future. As an industry practitioner, I have helped manufacturing organisations across geographical regions and industries achieve improvements and have conducted research, most recently into Quality 4.0 and smart manufacturing. Through my work, I have observed emerging trends, such as Industry 4.0, artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtual reality. Some questions that have arisen during my research include: How would non-financial auditing, which drives areas such as quality, operational improvements and due …

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Improving Operational Efficiency and Quality Excellence

Eric Stoop, CEO at EASE Inc – a developer of plant floor audits and insights software in the US – provides his top five tips to help manufacturing businesses overcome the obstacles posed by Covid-19.   As the UK’s manufacturing sector continues its recovery, a feeling of optimism is spreading throughout the industry as vaccines …

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Understanding The Objective of Management System Audit

William Rankin, CQP FCQI, Management System and Audit Manager at Inmarsat, UK, takes a look at how quality managers and internal auditors can work together to ensure objectivity and integrity is achieved during audits. Dilemma A medium-sized pharmaceutical company, with a global presence, recently appointed a new managing director (MD) to turn around a period …

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Improve Supply Chain Productivity Through Digitalization

It has been advocated that ‘supply chains compete, not individual firms’ for over 30 years, but this often fails to be the case in practice. Jan Godsell, Professor at the University of Warwick, asks why this is so difficult to achieve, and why advances are on the horizon Supply chain productivity is important because it is …

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