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ISO 14001:2015 Internal Audit

In order to confirm that the EMS conforms to the ISO 14001:2015 standard and the organization’s standards, internal audits must be conducted at planned intervals. A formal internal audit program needs to be established which defines the methods used, scope and frequency as well as assigning responsibility to objective and impartial auditors. The results of internal audits are used to make corrections and improvements to the EMS.

Internal Audits are an Environmental Management System’s best friend. Audit findings lead to great improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of the system. How can you make your internal audit program work for your organization? Here are some tips to help get the most from your internal audits.

Auditors should be independent of the activity being audited, wherever practicable, and should in all cases be an unbiased third party that is free from conflict of interest.

Nonconformities identified during internal audits should be prioritized and subject to corrective action. When organizations are reviewing the results provided by the audit they should consider:

  1. a) previously identified nonconformities and the effectiveness of the actions taken
  2. b) results of internal and external audits

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