Archive for November, 2017

ISO Announces Proposed Publication Date of ISO 45001

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments
A communique sent by ISO announces the expected publication date to be February 2018, which is earlier than many predicted. Publication will only happen if the ballot due to end on 25 January 2018 is successful. The last ballot produced a result of 88% in favour. Now that further comments have been processed – one expects more support and the communique seems supremely confident of the right result!

Source: Chris Ward.

What does the standard say about auditor independence?

Posted on: November 10th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

9001 & 14001:2015

9.2.2 The organisation shall:

  1. c) select auditors and conduct audits to ensure objectivity and the impartiality of the audit process;

 

OHSAS18001:-Selection of auditors and conduct of audits shall ensure objectivity and the impartiality of the audit process.

 

ISO19011:-

 

  1. e) Independence: the basis for the impartiality of the audit and objectivity of the audit conclusions

Auditors should be independent of the activity being audited wherever practicable, and should in all

cases act in a manner that is free from bias and conflict of interest.

 

For internal audits, auditors should be independent from the operating managers of the function being audited.

 

For small organizations, it may not be possible for internal auditors to be fully independent of the activity

being audited, but every effort should be made to remove bias and encourage objectivity.