First Party Audits : – These are done internally.They are a management tool with the emphasis on continuous improvement. The auditor(s) must be independent of the audit area. The audit should be aligned with the Company goals and metrics. These audits are also called as internal audits. The out come in this audit is the management is aware of the status of the organization. These reports may be required to be shared with some of the third parties.Normally these are conducted by the Quality Department or the MR or their representative.
Categories of Audits
The Quality audits can be categorized as follows
System Audits :
These audits are conducted on a system spread across multiple processes and may include several employees and several departments. For Eg: Calibration System audits
These are conducted against different requirements. For eg: A third party audit for certification of ISO 9001:2008
These are conducted to verify the compliance of the regulations. For Eg: A government employee auditing a firm.
This audit focuses on a set of processes within the organization, to examine the adherence to the procedures or specifications
Product Audit :
This is more of an inspection activity. The main objective of this audit is to ensure the product is confirming to the requirements.
Department Audit :
The main focus of this audit is only one department. within the department many processes, procedures and specifications. It also focuses on department training and organization.