A quality audit involves reviewing an existing quality management system (QMS) with a view to improving that system. The audit can be carried out by qualified personnel within the organisation - this is called an internal quality audit - or by an external auditor.
Quality audits should be carried out on a regular basis in order to ensure that the QMS in question is meeting its goals and operating as intended.
Why are quality audits important?
You can't know whether or not your company's quality management system is working without conducting periodic reviews. This is why frequent quality audits are necessary - they give you repeated opportunities to optimise and refine your QMS in order to get better results.
Employing a full-time quality expert to conduct regular quality audits is an expense that many businesses cannot afford right now. Here at NPT Management Systems, we offer a specialist QMS consultancy service on a flexible contract basis - give us a call on 02380 659 867 to find out how we can help you.
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