New ISO 19011 auditing standard enhances improvement

January 28, 2013 8:00 am Published by

ISOAs you may know, ISO has introduced an updated edition of the ISO 19011 auditing standard designed to save money, time and resources by providing a uniform approach to multiple management system audits.

ISO 19011:2011 provides guidance on auditing management systems, including the principles of auditing, managing audit programs and conducting management system audits. It’s applicable to all organizations that need to conduct internal or external audits of management systems or manage an audit program.

In today’s competitive environment, organizations balance a number of management systems, including quality, environmental, occupational health and safety (OHSAS), environmental, Food Safety, IT Service Management, medical devices, business continuity, aviation, space and defense (ASD), and information security. In addition, many industries have their own versions that build on ISO 9001.

That’s why the team here at D’Ardenne Associates strongly believes in combining (integrating) the auditing of these systems where at all possible.

Compared to the first edition of the standard, the scope of ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems has been expanded to reflect current thinking and the complexities of auditing multiple management system standards.

Our view? This will help organizations optimize and facilitate the integration of their management systems because the aim of the internal audits will be to minimize or completely eliminate unnecessary duplication of efforts. And, with a single audit of its systems, it will streamline the audit process itself, thereby increasing resource efficiencies and effectiveness by reducing duplication and workplace disruption.

And like any continuous improvement effort, the revised ISO 19011:2011 provides auditors and organizations an opportunity to re-assess their own practices and identify improvement opportunities. In this business, that’s what it’s all about – using your management system to drive things to the bottom line, whatever that may be.

Be sure to contact us to learn more as you continue on your own journey to excellence.

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This post was written by Roy D'Ardenne