The Lead Auditor should prepare checklists for auditors to use in interviewing and observing, using the AS9100 Quality Audit Checklist Template as a guide. Audit checklists should be designed to uniquely reflect the activities and unique quality points in the area to be audited. AS1200-3 QUALITY AUDIT CHECKLIST covers master production records, production areas, packing, customer complaints, and more. Audit Team members may contribute to checklist development, based on their knowledge and experience.
The Lead Auditor should review Audit Checklists and add questions he/she believes are necessary to adequately evaluate the implementation of the QMS in the area being audited. Audit questions should not be limited to those on the Audit Checklist. The checklist serves as a guide and a checkpoint. The AS9100 standard is the definitive guide for determining conformance and should be used as the primary source of questions.
When conducting interviews, Audit Team members should use the Aerospace Audit Checklist to maintain focus and ensure completeness. There should be enough questions on the checklist to enable a thorough evaluation of activities in the audited area; however, the Lead Auditor must recognize that Auditors may not have time to ask all questions. Auditors should be flexible – when they find discrepancies, they should ask follow-up questions to clarify their understanding of the situation.