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Monday, 31 July 2017

Internal auditors need to update to the Annex SL Standards

It is a requirement that auditors of management systems  update their knowledge to be able to audit to the new standards using the annex SL format; these include ISO 9-001:2015, ISO 14001: 2015 and the proposed ISO 45001.

IRCA registered auditors were advised that they must attend a two day transition course to requalify or would be deregistered.

I had to attend one of these courses (In December 2015) and this now allows me to audit to the new Standards.

The Annex SL Standards are quite different in their approach and require risks and opportunities to be addressed.  There are requirements to monitor and measure processes (key performance indicators).  Testing organisations top management leadership is also required.

We hold certificated internal audit courses meeting the requirements for the new Standards; our next course is to be held on 18+19 October 2017 in Colchester in Essex.

Delegates passing all the course elements will be qualified to undertake internal audits in their own workplace.

The course content:

  • Hi level format and Annex SL
  • ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2017
  • Management system documented information
  • ISO 19011:2011 - Auditing Standard
  • Responsibilities of planning an audit programme
  • Selecting auditors and competence
  • The audit cycle and schedules
  • Preparation and planning of an audit
  • Conducting an audit
  • Documented evidence
  • Auditing Top Management
  • Reporting non-conformances
  • Qualifications and training of auditors
  • Evaluating auditor performance
  • Non-verbal communications and body language
  • Live audit practice
  • Written tests of competence of delegates

The Course costs £395.00 + VAT 

Details on our web-site and booking form

Monday, 10 July 2017

When is ISO 9001 Certificated but of no value?

Hardly a day goes by without some organisation announcing that they can get you through ISO 9001 or other Standards cheaply and in double quick time.

There is a single accreditation body in the UK, this is UKAS, the UK Government decided that there should be only one body tasked with authorising certification bodies.  There are a good number of these and the certificates they issue bear the UKAS tick and crown logo.

These certification bodies must reach, and maintain a high standard to continue to claim that they are in fact an accredited certification body.   Regular and strict audits are carried out.  One principle is that no certification body can offer consultancy; this would be a conflict of interest and is prohibited.

On the other side non accredited organisations issue certificates claiming to meet the requirements of which ever standard is covered.  Some even show a logo claiming to be accredited by some other accreditation agency.  This is designed to fool anyone gullible enough to believe it.

UKAS is not a regulator and has no powers to stop these organisations carrying on.

A good number of these non accredited organisations have sprung up; some offer consultancy and certification as a package.  I often say to people who contact me “how can they fail to certify you when they have set up the system?   The sad truth daws on these people when they submit a certificate claiming to show compliance with a Standard only to find that it is not recognised, except by the issuing authority.

One other fact is clear; you cannot set up a system and get it certificated in 30 days (or less in one case) as clearly an assessor must be able to audit what you have done not what you are planning to do.  Evidence is just not there under these timescales.

Beware of non accredited organisations.  If it seems too good to be true it probably isn’t any good.

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