What is a Quality Audit?
A quality audit is a systematic evaluation of products and services as well as business processes and systems used for production. It helps ensure that current quality is at par with set standards. A quality audit helps in the implementation of a sound quality management system (GMS) and in meeting ISO 9001 requirements.
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3 Types of Audits
Industries use a variety of quality audits depending on the intent and what is being audited, but they can typically be classified under three categories:
- Internal Quality Audit - Sometimes called self-assessment or first party audit, this is done by businesses to check the quality of their own processes and products. Internal audits can help discover process gaps and aid in the continuous improvement of quality management;
- External Audit - Called second-party audits, this type of audit helps businesses check the quality of supplies or raw materials received from vendors. The quality of supplies used for production need to be checked in order to maintain the expected quality of the end product; and
- Third Party Audit - Conducted by an objective auditing body usually hired by a business to check it’s own quality. Third party audits are typically intended for quality management system certifications like ISO 9001 or checking for compliance with government regulations.
What is a Quality Audit Checklist?
A quality audit checklist is a tool that guides quality managers, inspectors, or any assigned person to inspect products or business procedures to assess the performance of established processes and identify any underlying issues that require corrective actions. Performing regular quality audits can help boost business efficiency and improve business strategies. Preview a quality audit report sample.
The Challenge and Solution for Quality Audits
It is tedious and time-consuming to measure the current quality of processes, systems, and products and maintain a standard of quality across an organization if audits are paper-based.
iAuditor, the world’s #1 mobile auditing app, can eliminate the dependence on paper-based audits and help streamline the auditing process. With paperless audits, you can automatically collect and review measurable results and observe quality trends on an online dashboard. Save time from collecting & analyzing data and spend more effort and energy on improving quality.
We have carefully created 4 digital quality audit templates below that you can browse and download with iAuditor: