The Lead Auditor should prepare an annual Internal Audit program before the start of the calendar year, using the Audit Program ISO Template for guidance, and submit it to Top Management for approval. QP1020-1 SAMPLE AUDIT PROGRAM organizes audit scopes such as document control and procurement based on type and time period. The Lead Auditor should review the findings of the current year’s Audits (internal and external) and should draw up the Audit Program based on such factors as:
Status and importance of the processes and areas to be audited; and
Frequency of audits.
Not every part of the company’s QMS requires an annual Internal Audit, according to ISO 9001. However, best practices dictate that every part of the company’s QMS should be audited at least once a year. In other words, a full System Audit should be performed annually, either through a series of Internal Audits or a single Full System Audit.