30th January 2012
The Standard has been published, finally. There has been some confusion as to the content but a final draft for public discussion was issued in July 2011 and accepted. The Revised Standard was then formally published in October 2011. The 2002 Standard is now withdrawn.
The original 2002 Standard was aimed at Quality and Environmental Auditing but it soon became clear that there were quite a number of other Management Standards that required auditing these include :
For the first time it has been recognised there are two standards for auditing:
This new Standard recognises a number of elements that have been used by seasoned auditors but not formally approved, these include:
There are a number of areas where modern terminology replaces that used in the 2002 version and incorporates new guidelines on the competence and evaluation of auditors.
All in all the new Standard will be a useful tool in the management of Standards in use by organisations both large and small.
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