The revision process has begun for ISO 19011, the standard that provides guidelines for the internal audit programs required by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
The American Society for Quality (ASQ) is seeking members for the technical advisory group (TAG) that will be responsible for providing input into this revision. Organizations and individuals interested in joining the U.S. TAG to Project Committee (PC) 302 should contact ASQ at email@example.com.
The ISO 19011 standard provides guidance on auditing management systems, including guidance on managing an audit program and conducting management system audits. There are a number of audit challenges to be addressed in the upcoming revision of ISO 19011. Some of these challenges include:
- Conducting risk-based audits
- Impact of evolving information technologies
- Addressing complex business structures
- Safeguarding audit objectivity
- Ensuring competence of audit personnel
For more information about the ISO 19011 standard and its role in assisting organizations in establishing internal audit programs for auditing management system processes, download the white paper – Introduction to ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems. This white paper provides a summary of the standard, as well as several of the key challenges to be addressed in this revision of the standard.
About the Author
Thea Dunmire is an environmental attorney who specializes in the implementation of effective environmental, health and safety management systems that help organizations improve their EHS performance. Thea is a recognized leader in the development of ISO management systems. She has participated international in the development of multiple ISO standards, including ISO19011:2011. She maintains a blog on the ISO19011 standard at: www.iso19011expert.com
Dunmire received her undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa in biomedical engineering and received her law degree from Syracuse University. Prior to launching ENLAR, she was an attorney with the U.S. EPA Region 5 and a partner at the law firm of Dickinson Wright.