Volume 6 · Issue 6 · June 2001
Put Away Your ISO 9001:1994 Checklists for Improved
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 focusresults.
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.