Internal QMS Audits
Internal quality audits are conducted to ensure ongoing compliance with requirements of the QMS standards, and the Division's policies and procedures. This is accomplished by auditing against all important processes and areas, and by applying all applicable sections of the standard. Audit requirements include those of ISO 9001, the Division's quality management system documentation, as well as the identified requirements of customers or regulatory authorities, as applicable.
Auditors are independent of the area being audited; F&S may therefore use approved third-party contract auditors for its internal audit program; the requirements for third party auditors are defined in the Quality Manual. Employees selected as internal auditors will have attended at a minimum a 4 hour internal auditor training program and at least 8 hours of shadow auditing with a previously qualified internal auditor, or third party auditor.
Using the Internal Audit Report as a basic checklist, the Lead Auditor will plan the scheduled audit with the appropriate Business Units and with any other audit team members. The audit team will determine additional checklist items or requirements to verify, and add these to the checklist portion of the Internal Audit Report.
Refer to: Internal Audits (PDF, 195KB) and Internal Audit Report Template (DOC, 45KB)
Internal audits by business unit
External QMS Audits
External quality audits are conducted by Lloyd's Register LRQA to assess the Division's management system to ensure compliance in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 Standard.