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What is Quality Audits? Type of Quality Audits? Read the full article.

Updated: Aug 29, 2020

What is Quality Audits? Type of Quality Audits? Quality Auditing is defined as an on-site verification of ongoing activities perform by employees or working people, such as inspection or examination of a process or Quality Management system, to ensure compliance to requirements.

What is Quality Audits? Type of Quality Audits? Read the full article.
What is Quality Audits? Type of Quality Audits? Read the full article.

The Quality Audit can apply everywhere, to an entire organization, or might be specific to a function, Process, Product, or any Production steps. Quality Audits have a special administration purpose, Such as auditing documents, Risk Audits, Performance Audits, or follow up on completed corrective actions.


There are three types of Quality Audits:


As per ISO 19011:2008: An Audits as a "Systematic, Independent and documented purposes for obtaining audit evidence (for records, statement of facts or other information which are relevant and verifiable) and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which audit criteria are fulfilled."


Three types of Quality Audits are:

  1. Process Audits: This type of audits verified that the processes are working in the specification limit. Process Audits evaluate and operation or method against predetermined instruction or standard to measure conformance to these standards and the effectiveness of the instruction. Examples of product audit: 1. Check conformance to defined requirements such as time, accuracy, temperature, composition, responsiveness, etc. 2. Examine the resource: (Equipment, Material, people), etc.

  2. Product Audits: This type of audits is an example of particular products or services, Such as hardware, processed material, or software to evaluate whether it conforms to requirements. Examples of Product audits are Specifications, Performance Standards, and Customer Requirements.

  3. System Audits: This type of audit conducted on a management system. It can be described as a documented activity performed to verify, by examination and evaluation of objective evidence, That applicable elements of the system are appropriate and effective and have been developed, documented, and implemented in accordance and in conjunction with specified requirements. Examples of System audits are Existing Quality Management system audits, An Environment audit, Food safety audits, safety system audits.

What are the four-phase of an audit?

  1. Audit Planning

  2. Audit Execution

  3. Audit Reporting

  4. Audit follow-up and closure