Why are ISO audits so long?

Monday, 13 October 2014
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Think Your Auditor Will Never Go Home???

Ever have the feeling that your auditor has moved in with you? It may appear that way, especially if your auditor is on-site for multiple days or two auditors arrive and spend two or three days moving about the facility.

Real truth is the accreditation bodies (governs registrars) like IAOB (automotive) or ANAB (ISO and Aerospace) dictate how many days ASR must audit in order to determine conformance and system effectiveness. Audit days are based on an organization's employee count and whether the audit is a registration or surveillance audit.

Audit guidelines published by the accreditation bodies give ASR some discretion in reducing the number of on-site audit days based on no design or similar systems under the same registration certificate. The guidelines are applied whenever appropriate.

While it may appear auditor(s) are just "killing" time wandering around or watching employees work, they are in fact auditing as their eyes observe activity and their ears listen to conversations about the organization's quality management system. The key audit objective is to help organizations push their QMS for results.

If you have audit day questions, please contact ASR's sales team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Both can be reached at 888-891-9002.

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