Arter, Dennis R. (2002, ASQ) Columbia Audit Resources, Kennewick, WA (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Quality auditing continues to evolve as a powerful business tool. The challenge today is to combine quality and environmental management system auditing into a single worldwide standard. In actuality, the task transcends these two applications. Through the international consensus process, auditing is becoming a fairly new practice. The audit principles contained in ISO 19011 have achieved remarkable acceptance. They will be useful in defining the profession, both now and into the future. The problem right now is application of auditing to occupational health and safety, as well as to social accountability. The next few years will probably see this topic advance in definition and maturity. Total commitment to ISO 19011 is inadvisable at this time unless demanded by outside requirements. Should a national (USA) standard on performance auditing evolve in the future, the 19011 document will be an excellent foundation.
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