Quality Audit is the process of evaluating products and services as well as business processes and systems used for production. Quality Audit measures existing quality and helps ensure that quality is at par with set standards. Quality Audit helps implement a sound Quality Management System and can aid in meeting ISO 9001 requirements.
3 Types of Audits
Quality Audits can be done in three ways depending on the intent and what is being audited:
- 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.
The Challenge and Solution for Quality Audits:
It is tedious and time-consuming to measure the current quality of processes, systems, and products and sustain a standard of quality across an organization if audits are paper-based.
iAuditor, the world’s # 1 auditing mobile 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 audit results and observe quality trends on an online dashboard. Save time on 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: