Internal audits for API Q1, Q2, and Monogram QMS ensure organizations maintain compliance and enhance operational efficiency. These audits help to identify gaps, mitigate risks, and drive continuous improvement in quality management systems.
Frequent Internal audit help to Control process that are deemed critical for achieving customer or standards, companies can Compliance. Additionally, regular audits foster a culture of improved process efficiency.
Continual improvement thought frequent audit
Considering Welding as well critical process if that audited every 3 month the audit ensure all the welding parameters are addressed and compliance are maintained in place. Frequent internal help to control any identified non-conformance to be controlled at shorter frequency rather allowing non-compliance exists in system for longer period.
Internal Audit in Accordance with API Q1/API Q2
API QMS Clauses 6, It states Organizations must maintain a documented procedure which shall detail the process implemented in organization including planning, conducting, and documenting internal audits with criteria to fulfil API Q1 prior to calming compliance.
Steps Involved in Internal audit
Audit Planning: Define audit objectives, scope, and criteria. Select the audit team, establish roles and responsibilities of audit team, and establish an audit schedule. Communicate with relevant parties to coordinate audit activities.
As per API Q1/Q2 the specification states the planning should consider previous audit results and the criticality of the process being audited. All processes should be audited at least every 12 months, including outsourced activities that impact product quality.
Document Review: Evaluate relevant documents and records, such as policies, procedures, and previous audit reports, to gain an understanding of the processes and systems to be audited.
Audit Preparation: Develop an audit plan, including audit activities, resources e.g., and timeframes. Prepare working documents, such as checklists and forms, to support audit activities.
Opening Meeting: Conduct an opening meeting with auditee representatives to discuss the audit’s purpose, scope, and process, clarify expectations, and address any concerns.
Audit Execution: Collect audit evidence through interviews, observations, and document reviews. Assess compliance with audit criteria, identify non-conformities, and note opportunities for improvement.
Closing Meeting: Present audit findings, discuss non-conformities and opportunities for improvement, and agree on corrective action plans with the auditee.
Audit Reporting: Prepare a comprehensive audit report that includes audit objectives, scope, criteria, findings, and recommendations. Submit the report to relevant parties for review and follow-up.
Follow-up and Closure: Verify the implementation and effectiveness of corrective actions, update audit records, and close out any outstanding issues.
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