Step 8: Prepare for the Registration Audit
The Registration Audit
If you haven’t already, you will need to select a registrar. When you choose a registrar you are starting a relationship that will last at least 3 years, most likely longer. You will want to make a careful decision to lay the groundwork for a smooth and lasting relationship. Read about how to select a registrar.
When the day of your registration audit has arrived, it is time to showcase your Quality Management System. The auditor or auditors are coming in to see how you have addressed the requirements of ISO 9001, and how you have designed your QMS.
Preparing for the Audit
Prepare the employees
- Before the Audit you will want to make sure that all employees know that the audit will be taking place, and the purpose of the audit. This will help them understand how to respond to the auditor’s questions. You want employees to respond openly and honestly to the auditor. The auditor is looking for evidence that you are complying with the requirements of ISO 9001, your employees are the ones that will be providing that evidence. Preparing them to answer the auditors questions will make the audit go more smoothly.
- This is not a test. If the auditor asks a question, they are looking for information on how something works, not if the employee has all the answers but how the employee goes about finding answers and information. Do procedures provide information? If the information is not in a procedure, where does the employee go next, do they ask a supervisor? Use our Employee Flyers to update employees on this issue and other implementation steps throughout your project.
Prepare the facility
- Make sure all areas of the facility are clean and neat; there are potential nonconformances hiding in any given mess.
- Make sure documents are available where every they need to be used.
- Check bulletin boards, counters, cupboards, drawers for uncontrolled documents, uncalibrated measuring and monitoring instruments and unidentified parts or supplies.
Prepare for the Auditor
- Have a copy of the Quality Manual and Procedures available for the auditor.
- Designate a place for them to work when they are not out in the facility. They will need to work on their documentation and reporting.
- Assign someone to go with the Auditor to show them where different areas and departments are. Coach this person to let employees answer the auditor’s questions, not answer the questions themselves unless the question was directed to them.