Ankrom, Kristyn L. (1997, ASQC) Goldschmidt Chemical Corporation
The audit report is your audit team's summary of the events, procedures work instructions, records and observations surrounding the entire quality management system. An effective internal quality audit report that is accurate, referenced and easy to read will bring about more effective corrective and preventive actions because it gives the manager or supervisor of the area a "roadmap" to corrective action, and thus, continuous improvement. This paper will examine ways to present the audit report in terms of layout, content, references to a standard, as well as documented evidence in support of your audit findings, when your audit report is presented to management personnel. An Internal Audit Report that contains the references to a standard, the procedure or work instruction audited as well as the related record, will keep the focus of the audit report on the findings. The audit report should be specific enough so that "loopholes" as way out of corrective or preventive action are not taken.