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From ISO 9001:2000 Audit Procedures, Second Edition

Advantages of Using an Audit Checklist

Checklists, if developed for a specific audit and used correctly, can:

  • act as a sampling plan and time manager;

  • be provided to the auditee ahead of the on-site audit;

  • be used as an information base for planning future audits;

  • ensure a consistent audit approach;

  • ensure that adequate evidence is obtained;

  • ensure that the audit scope is being followed;

  • help an auditor to perform better during the audit process;

  • help to ensure that an audit is conducted in a systematic and comprehensive manner;

  • provide a means of communication and a place to record data for use for future reference;

  • provide a repository for notes collected during the audit process (i.e. audit field notes);

  • provide a record that the QMS was examined;

  • provide objective evidence that the audit was performed;

  • provide structure and continuity to an audit;

  • serve as a memory aid.

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