ISO 19011 – Guidelines for auditing Management Systems is being revised to reflect the growing number of management system standards (MSS) and the recent revisions of some of the most widely used, such as ISO 9001 for quality, ISO 14001 for the environment, and coming ISO 45001 for OHS. The standard has just reached DIS stage and the revised version of ISO 19011 is due to be published mid-2018.
ISO 19011 is applicable to certification bodies and other organizations that need to conduct internal or external audits of management systems or manage an audit programme. It is intended to apply to a broad range of potential users, including auditors, organizations implementing management systems and organizations needing to conduct audits of management systems for contractual or regulatory reasons.It also provides guidance on external audits, including certification and supplier, which support the implementation of the MSS.
Denise Robitaille, Chair of ISO/PC 302, the ISO project committee responsible for the revision, said that when the standard was last published in 2011, there were 11 management system standards, but that number has since grown significantly to 39, with 12 others in development.
“As organizations see the benefit and need for management systems, there has been an increase in the number of sector-specific standards to respond to the mandate. There are now MSSs that cover areas such as health and medical, environment, services, information technology and more. In addition, the two most popular MSSs – ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 – have recently been updated, so the auditing of these systems needs to reflect the variety and number of standards being developed.”