The audit consists of the independent assessment of the situation of an organization and its level of compliance with quality requirements. Diagnostic audits are often a prerequisite for consulting activities, observed noncompliances forming the basis of a corrective action plan.
Audit activities include some or all of the following, depending on customer needs:
- Selecting one or more audit referential
- Preparation of an audit plan
- Conduct of the audit
- Authoring of an audit report
- Evaluation of the auditee’s responses