The International Standards Organisation (ISO) has published an updated edition of the ISO 19011 auditing standard which will save money, time and resources by providing a uniform approach to multiple management system audits.
Compared to the first edition of the standard published in 2002 which applied only to ISO 9001 (quality) and ISO 14001 (environment), the scope of ISO 19011:2011, Guidelines for auditing management systems, has been expanded to reflect current thinking and the complexities of auditing multiple management system standards (MSS). This latest version is now available at the SLSI (Sri Lanka Standards Institution) which is the only member body of ISO in Sri Lanka, the local institution said.
It will help user organizations to optimize and facilitate the integration of their management systems and, in facilitating a single audit of its systems, will streamline the audit processes, reduce duplication of effort and decrease disruption of work uits being audited.
ISO 19011:2011 provides guidance on the conduct of internal or external management system audits, as well as on the management of audit programmes. Intended users of this international standard include auditors, audit team leaders, audit programme managers, organizations implementing management systems, and organizations needing to conduct audits of management systems for contractual or regulatory reasons.