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Sometimes referred to as an 'audit programme', an 'audit schedule' is defined as a “set of one or more audits planned for a specific time frame and directed towards a specific purpose”. (Definition taken from ISO 9000:2015 – Fundamentals and Vocabulary*.)

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For a simple little document, it’s hard to believe the amount of confusion an “audit plan” causes, and the amount of time that is spent by people in a role (similar to mine, at SQMC) who train auditors, to explain the who/what/how/where/when of audit plans!

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There is only one sure thing about Brexit and that is its uncertainties. However, for ISO aficionados and the idly curious alike, here is what we do know.

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As an auditor of ISO standards, and one who trains fledgling auditors, I am well aware of the appeal of an audit checklist; it is the comfort blanket of auditors, but is it useful?

If you look up the definition of checklist, and I use Merriam Webster, to check such things, it tells me that a checklist is “a list of things to be checked or done”. Wow! I can live with that.  My problem is that so many checklists that I have seen being used are the master rather than the servant of the auditor.

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One year on from Karen's presentation on the Changes to Health and Safety Systems (December 2018) for the West of Scotland Chartered Quality Institute, we are releasing the slides for free public access.

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