December 2019

Internal Audits: Achieve Your Best System by Being Your Worst Critic

A strong internal auditing program can help organizations keep their systems working effectively by becoming their own worst critic to drive needed continual improvement.

A new white paper written by NSF-ISR industry experts Don McFarland and Mike McRandall explains the expectations, implementation practices and optimization of internal auditing programs.

If we consider the certification process as a final exam, an internal audit would be the pre-exam and the continuing education requirements, charged with keeping an organization sharp. The internal audit reviews the effective implementation of an organization’s management system (quality, environmental, information security, etc.) against the company-defined documented information (its manual, procedures or the international standard). To keep things on the right track, and avoid costly mistakes, an organization should implement an internal audit program.

Read the full white paper.