Why are Internal Audits mandatory?


Is it mandatory to have internal audit activity?

Well that depends.

There's no law for it there's no law against it but if you have chosen to operate an ISO (International Organization for Standardization) management system for quality, ISO 9001:2015, or ISO 14001:2015 for environmental management, there's lots of double-ups, then the answer is yes.

If you've elected to implement one of those systems and get certified then yes, internal audits or something that follows the same intent as internal audits our mandatory activity. However, there are a lot of organizations who don't get certified and you might be reading this just learning about the standards and I think that internal audits, in my opinion, are a great complementary activity to get an organization started on the business improvement journey and the business improvement cycle.

So, as part of that business improvement cycle what we see is internal audits being one of the things to get you started, so if you don't know what to do, you don't know how to approach it, I'd recommend jumping onto our website and downloading one of our free checklists and you can print out that checklist and you can start looking at your organisation and undertaking maybe a desktop assessment.

So an internal audit, yes it's mandatory if you follow the standards, but I think it's more than a the question being about mandatory is it beneficial?

The answer is yes, there's a huge amount of value. Anyone in your organization who undertakes an internal audit and keeps it simple and it's nice and short and sweet, will learn something, so there is a huge amount of value that's extracted in the form of training, acquisition, absorption and digestion of knowledge.

So if I was the person telling your organization, I'd say absolutely they're a mandatory thing it's like working out, you need to do it every day and I think internal audits monthly, just little mini ones are great way to keep growing and improving your organization.

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