Auditing is a crucial tool that can be used in a variety of ways for a variety of purposes. The three most common types of audits include Gap Analyses, Internal Audits, and Supplier Audits.  In many cases, it is in a company’s best interested to outsource these audits to external experts rather than utilizing internal resources. 

First, most internal people "volunteered" to perform audits do not have the background, skills, or experience needed to conduct audits with precision and excellence.  Second, since auditing is not their primary role, they are not provided with the amount of time needed to properly prepare for and perform a thorough audit, and third, many of these “volunteered” auditors often hesitate to document any negative results to avoid hurting their professional relationships.  So how should a company decide if outsourcing audits is in their best interest?

If you answer yes to any of the questions below you should contact McDae for auditing support:

  1. Is your company thinking about pursuing some form of a new certification (Gap Analysis)?
  2. Is your company pursuing a new customer and/or a new market (Gap Analysis)?
  3. Does your company want to evaluate a new potential supplier (gap analysis/supplier audit)?
  4. Is your company currently behind schedule in conducting internal/supplier audits?
  5. Does your company consistently postpone internal/supplier audits because the auditors are too busy?
  6. Does your company rush through last minute internal/supplier audits due to upcoming Registrar Audits?
  7. Do your company’s internal auditors miss nonconformances that the registrar auditor finds?
  8. Does your company’s registrar auditor provide negative feedback regarding internal/suppler audits?
  9. Did your company receive a nonconformance for internal/supplier audits during the last registrar audit?