Step 10

Audit Program

An ISO audit is carried out to ensure that the existing Management System (MS) complies with the ISO standard of your choice. The audit helps organizations identify and address issues and discover potential improvements with their MS software to ensure that best practice processes are in place. An ISO audit is conducted by referring to an audit program that outlines the standard's clauses through periodic reviews.

The ISO requirements for the audit program is that you plan, establish, implement, and maintain an audit program, meaning that you need to have an ongoing program in effect.

The guidance includes what audit you need to conduct based on the ISO standard of choice, including timeframes, responsibilities, and results.

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Why you need to implement an internal Audit Program for your Management System (MS)

9.2.2 The organization shall:

Plan, establish, implement and maintain an audit programme(s) including the frequency, methods, responsibilities, planning requirements and reporting, which shall consider the importance of the processes concerned, changes affecting the organization, and the results of previous audits.

How ISOvA MS software helps you determine your internal audit program requirements

A concise Audit Management tool helps to plan and manage internal and external audits. This tool maps to each clause of the ISO Standard and incorporates a risk assessment for each audit area to ensure planning is effective and efficient. 

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Audit Program on the ISOvA IMS Toolbox

The headings below match the columns provided in your IMS Toolbox:

Program Year

It is essential to allocate the year in this column as this will communicate the periodic review year. Also, this will be used for traceability purposes when looking back at the year you have completed a certification audit situation.


These will be in the template issued to you and will be used for the headers for each internal audit you conduct. Correlation between the audit program and the internal audits are paramount when a review of your system is undertaken.


These are the sub-headings for each section of your audit you must cover and sample from your management system.


From the sub-headers (stated above), this section represents clauses of the standard that have been covered in this audit. It also communicates to your organisation and the certification auditor that all standard clauses have been periodically reviewed.

Planned Date

The date that you have planned to conduct your audit (your intent).


Select the person in your organisation that you will need to assist you in the audit (typically by department). The selection list comes from Step 1, Roles & Responsibilities.


The person that is to conduct the audit whether internal or external consultants. 


When the audit was completed, add the date.


If any issues are raised in the audit, they will be recorded in the corrective action log located in Toolbox. Once this has been logged, you will allocate the corrective action in the findings drop-down selection.

Compliance Type

There are many different standards that the Toolbox can support. If you have an integrated management system (more than one standard), this will differentiate the audit from the standard.


This column communicates if there are potential issues found within the audit. By issuing the risk, status allows you from a top level to understand where the problems are regarding your management system. Audits that have been categorised as high risk should be audited again that year.

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Step Implementation Guides:

1: Roles & Responsibilities
2: Aims and objectives
3: Controls
4: SWOT Analysis
5: Interested Parties
10: Audit Programme
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