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A quality audit checklist is a tool that is used to guide quality managers and auditors when they conduct evaluations of the quality control practices implemented in the product creation or business procedures. The main point of a QA audit checklist is to streamline the auditing process and increase its effectiveness by keeping a record of all the important observations as well as the questions and responses exchanged during the audit.
Through QA audits, the performance of existing processes is systematically assessed by a team of internal or external auditors. Typically, this is done to comply with industry quality standards and register for ISO 9001.
However, being an essential part of compliance requirements isn’t the only role of QA audit checklists. They are also critical to evaluating the viability of existing and new business processes and systems because it is through quality audits that comprehensive details of the current processes are objectively documented and provide proof for the execution of actionable plans in addressing observed challenges.
To best benefit an organization, quality audit checklists should not entirely focus on identifying issues and corrective actions but also include examples of good practices. This way, departments can receive holistic information that they can use to come up with a well-rounded strategy; effectively identify which practices are to be repeated and to be improved. This can better help deliver a more sustainable improvement overall.
The American Society for Quality indicates three types of quality audits:
The primary purpose of process quality audits is to evaluate the compliance of organizations to industry standards. Specifically, checking that processes are implemented within set limits. A process audit can check compliance to required specifications on temperature, pressure, weight, and other measurements. On top of this, it also evaluates the effectiveness of process controls by checking employee training and work procedures.
A product quality audit is aimed at assessing if outputs like products or services are at par with customer specifications and meet quality standards.
System quality audits assess the management system. It seeks to make sure that the way the various management systems of an organization are performing according to company regulations and meeting expectations.
The team performing the audit will vary depending on the intent or purpose for which the audit is conducted.
You can use a quality audit checklist during audits by implementing the following steps:
Once the corrective actions are completed, they should be documented on the findings report.
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