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Team Spirit proves a strong asset for Stock Polska auditors

I've been very impressed by our newest overseas client, Stock Spirit Group, of Poland. Not only did their 9 trainees pass their IRCA certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor training course first time, earlier this month; but they all did so using English as their 2nd or 3rd languages. This is no mean feat, as anyone who has sat what is a very advanced-level external auditing theory examination will tell you!

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Confidence - not arrogance - makes a good auditor

The thing about auditing is that it takes a confident auditor to do it well; by which I mean to do it professionally and to keep control of the audit at all times. But before I discuss that aspect of auditing, let me do what the philosophers do at the start of a discussion and ‘define my terms’...

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ISO 9001:2015 Final Draft - an Auditor's perspective

The Final Draft International Standard (FDIS) of ISO 9001:2015, the world’s most popular management system standard, has been released.

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7 Value Adding Benefits of Risk-Based Auditing

ISO 9001:2015 formally adopts a more risk-based approach to Quality management. In this 3rd installment of Karen MacKenzie's 'The thing about auditing...' series looks at 7 ways which risk-based audits can provide a good return on your investment of time and wages.

The thing about auditing is that it is risk-based. We audit what is important – what poses the greatest risk to the organisation. Just as you would at home in carrying out checks last thing at night, you check the most important areas – the areas of highest risk: the front door, the back door, the windows, that the electrics are switched off.

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Terms and Definitions removed from FDIS 9001:2015

The long anticipated Final Draft (FDIS) of the new ISO 9001:2015 International Standard was finally published on Friday. Chair of the ISO subcommittee revising the standard, Nigel Croft, commented on whether there were any major changes in this latest development:

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4 Reasons why Auditor Standardisation Meetings are a 'no-brainer' for progressive organisations

Part 2 of Karen MacKenzie's series: 'The thing about auditing...' (catch up on part 1). Today, Karen explains the value of standardisation meetings for your auditors.

As an auditor, the responsibility for my on-going development, to be the best I can be, lies with me.

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The Thing About Auditing - Part 1 (Communicating)

Karen MacKenzie reflects on the 'pinball wizardry' of auditing

I discovered that I am in the habit of starting sentences with this phrase, ‘the thing about auditing….’

I use it when I’m auditing, I use it when I’m training auditors, and I use it when I’m working as a consultant implementing ISO management systems.

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ISO: setting the Standard of Quality for all

Where would we be without Standards? In the UK and across much of Europe we often complain about the standard of products or services – but at least we know, or should do, that there are governmental and organisational Standards in place to guarantee a certain level of Quality and safety.

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Government figures vindicate pernickety Health and Safety requirements

Health and safety regulations can sometimes seem like an easy target for some tabloids, who circulate unfounded myths about bans on playground conker games and trapeze artists in hard hats, which the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) must then go on to disprove.

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What You Can Learn From the FIFA Scandal

You can’t mention FIFA in recent years without immediately mentioning the numerous corruption allegations that follow.

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