Internal Audits

ISO & API Management Systems Internal Auditing

Organizations certified to an ISO or API standard, or in the process of certification, are required to conduct internal audits at periodic intervals. Internal audits can be conducted by employees internal to the organization, however, they can also be “outsourced” – to a competent organization like Mireaux.

All ISO and API standards require Internal Audits, including:

Mireaux Management Solutions can help your organization accomplish this continual improvement requirement by conducting your Internal Audits at the locations and dates required by your management system, your Internal Audit procedure, or ultimately your Internal Audit Schedule.

Training Offerings

The 1-day Root Cause Analysis course teaches valuable root cause analysis tools essential to problem solving, as well as the methodology to address corrective actions. The course provides a firm understanding of the process by which employees can find the underlying causes of problems that impact many organizations’ operations and profitability. By performing exercises and group discussions, attendees will develop a hands-on understanding that will facilitate the implementation of good corrective actions within any organization, whether the organization holds an ISO/API certification or not. Learn more about this course

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 7135894680

Venue Website:

Address:
12802 Willow Centre Dr., Houston, Texas, 77066, United States

  • Nov
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 21
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Nov 21
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • November 21, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

The 3-day API Q1 Fundamentals provides a good understanding of API Q1 and its application. From documentation requirements, to risk assessment, and preventive maintenance, amongst other required topics, this course ensures that you have all the tools needed to implement a sound Quality Management System that complies with all requirements of API Q1. Read more about Class Details.

If you’re looking for the 4-Day API Q1 Practitioner course, click here.

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 7135894680

Venue Website:

Address:
12802 Willow Centre Dr., Houston, Texas, 77066, United States

  • Dec
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 3 - 5
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Dec 3 - Dec 5
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • December 3, 2019 - December 5, 2019
    8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Consulting Capabilities

Mireaux’s Consulting services involve full turnkey assistance in the development and implementation of management systems that conform to the desired ISO, or API standards.

Standards Include:

Web QMS Software

Cloud-based, secure and powerful, our Web QMS software helps you achieve, maintain, and improve your ISO and API certifications, allowing your employees full access and visibility to your management system – anytime, anywhere.

  • Approved Supplier List -> Supplier Corrective Actions
  • Asset Register
  • Behavioral Base Safety (BBS)
  • Business Continuity Plan (BCP)
  • Calibration -> Out-of-Tolerance Conditions
  • Communication Plan
  • Conformity Matrix
  • Contingency Planning
  • Corrective Action
  • Critical Processes
  • Critical Services and SRP
  • Customer Complaints
  • Customer Property
  • Customer Satisfaction
  • E-Learning
  • Emergency Contacts
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Employee Certifications
  • Employee Handbook
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • External Audits -> External Audit Findings
  • External Documents
  • Glossary
  • HSE Manual
  • HSE Policy
  • Information Security Incidents
  • Internal Audits -> Internal Audit Findings
  • Inventory Control
  • ISMS Manual
  • ISMS Policy
  • Job Descriptions
  • Job Safety Analysis (JSA)
  • Lessons Learned
  • List of Legal Requirements
  • Main Process Map
  • Management of Change (MOC)
  • Management Reviews -> Management Review Action Items
  • Monitoring and Measuring
  • Nonconformance Report (NCR)
  • Objectives
  • Organizational Charts
  • Preventive Action
  • Procedures, Work Instructions & Forms
  • Product Quality Plans
  • Quality Manual
  • Quality Policy
  • Records Retention
  • Risk Assessment -> Significant Risks
  • Safety Incidents
  • Service Quality Plan
  • Short Service Employee (SSE)
  • Special Interest Groups
  • Statement of Applicability
  • Training Events
  • Training Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

While most ISO or API standards require PERIODIC or ANNUAL Internal Audits, the expectation nowadays is that a full cycle of Internal Audits be conducted “every 12 months”. This may be seen as contrasting the requirements of the standards, which may say:

  • PERIODIC: this may be interpreted as being able to conduct Internal Audits every 2 years for example.
  • ANNUAL: this may be interpreted as being able to conduct your Internal Audit in January this calendar year, while next calendar year you could conduct your Internal Audit in December for example. Both still took place on the “annual” year.
  • EVERY 12 MONTHS: This means that if this year you conducted your Internal Audit in January, next year your Internal Audit shall be conducted no later than January. Conducting it in February would put you a month late and therefore out of compliance.

Therefore, even though the language may not be consistent among standards, the expectation is that you will conduct a full cycle of Internal Audits, EVERY 12 MONTHS.

Your Audit Plan, Program, or Schedule should outline when you will conduct the Internal Audits. Mireaux recommends pinpointing the month and year, rather than just the year, as this may be seen as too broad and not a good plan.

  • EVERY 12 MONTHS: This means that if this year you conducted your Internal Audit in January, next year your Internal Audit shall be conducted no later than January. Conducting it in February would put you a month late and therefore out of compliance.

Therefore, even though the language may not be consistent among standards, the expectation is that you will conduct a full cycle of Internal Audits, EVERY 12 MONTHS.

Your Audit Plan, Program, or Schedule should outline when you will conduct the Internal Audits. Mireaux recommends pinpointing the month and year, rather than just the year, as this may be seen as too broad and not a good plan.

A full cycle of Internal Audits signifies that you have audited all of the processes in your management system within the 12-month period. Whether you audit one or more process per month, or all processes at once, you have to audit all of the processes that are part of your management system.

A full cycle of Internal Audits also implies that you have conducted the actual audit, issued the findings, and closed out all nonconformities appropriately.

Depending on how your Internal Audit Schedule is setup, Mireaux’s Auditors can help you meet this requirement. For efficiency reasons, we usually propose Internal Audits be conducted all at once, meaning your processes are audited in the same timeframe one after another.

There are a few consequences to be expected during your Registrar’s External Audit, if you do not conduct your Internal Audit on time according to your Internal Audit schedule, or prior to your Registrar’s External Audit. Below are three possible outcomes based on your Internal Audit schedule’s modus operandi.

1. If you conduct one Internal Audit per year

If you only conduct one Internal Audit per year, meaning all of your processes are audited at once; missing an internal Audit should be cause for concern. More than likely, you will get a minor Nonconformity during your External Audit, which could possibly be a major, especially if you do not even have it on the schedule.

2. If you conduct several Internal Audits per year

If you conduct several Internal Audits per year, each focusing on a few processes of your overall management system, then missing one Internal Audit may not be as serious. Nevertheless, expect a minor Nonconformity during your External Audit.

3. If this is your first Internal Audit

If you missed conducting an Internal Audit prior to your initial certification or Stage 2 Audit, then this is serious. Having an Internal Audit prior to your certification audit is a critical requirement and definitely a showstopper:

  • For ISO standards, expect a major nonconformity and possibly a halt in the overall audit.
  • For API standards, you will not even be able to get your application approved – if you have not had a full cycle of Internal Audits. So you will be delaying the application and ultimately the certification process.

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