When auditing an aerospace business process it is important to determine how much process planning has gone into the creation of the process and the system of processes that it belongs to. Many aircraft manufacturers appear to combine their business processes together with little systems planning, that it is no wonder why it is hard to achieve planned results.
Business process planning means that each element of the process has been determined. As an AS9100 auditor, we want to understand how much the process participants (employees) understand about their process. The AS9100 Internal Audit Procedure describes the company’s Internal Audit process. The procedure applies to all operations affecting or affected by the company’s QMS. (16 pages, 2886 words)
AS9100 Internal Audit Procedure Responsibilities:
The Lead Auditor is responsible for managing the Internal Audit process, developing and managing the company’s Internal Audit schedule, and supervising Audit Team members. The Lead Auditor is also responsible for reporting the Audit Team’s findings to top management.
Internal Auditors are responsible for conducting complete, detailed, and objective Internal Audits and reporting their findings in an objective manner.
All Employees are responsible for cooperating with Internal Auditors in the course of the audit process and for taking appropriate actions, where required, to correct nonconformities found during the audit.
Internal Audit Procedure Definitions:
Audit checklist – A list of questions designed to provide guidance and ensure consistency of audits.
Audit plan – Description or outline of the purpose, scope, objectives and activities of an audit.
Audit schedule – Annual plan of audits to be accomplished, summarizing areas to be audited and listing auditors (called an “audit program” by ISO).
Auditee – Organization, area, function, or department being audited.
Auditor – Individual who carries out an audit; person who is qualified and authorized to perform all or part of an audit.