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Volume 6 · Issue 6 · June 2001

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Put Away Your ISO 9001:1994 Checklists for Improved Results

Andy Nichols writes that many organizations have relied heavily on the use of "boilerplate" checklists in conducting their internal quality system audits because the 1994 versions of ISO 9001/2/3 required extensive use of documented procedures. With the advent of ISO 9001:2000 and its reduced documentation requirements, many internal audit managers and auditors need to rethink the use of checklists to ensure their audits are effective and maintain the correct focus–results. Nichols provides an examination of what internal audits are intended to provide with ISO 9001:2000 and how audits should be conducted to provide what is intended.