ISO 19011 Environmental Management Systems Auditing
ISO 19011 Environmental Management Systems Audit
ISO 19011: 2002 (Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing) , was published in October 2002 in response to demand for guidance on combined management system audits. It replaced BS EN ISO 14010:1996, BS EN ISO 14011:1996 and BS EN ISO 14012:1996.
It offers comprehensive guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems audit. The objective is that by using this document, organizations can save effort, time, effort and expenditure by:
Whatever the reason for the audit (certification, internal review, contract compliance, etc) it is intended that organizations can move efficiently through the process by applying these guidelines.
It is always worth remembering that the final cost of failing an environmental management systems audit can take a number of different forms, amongst them:
Getting a firm grasp of the audit process is therefore an extremely worthwhile exercise.
At the core of the standard is a set of principles that will help anyone connected with an audit to perform effectively. And because it focuses primarily on the underlying processes of audit management, it can also be adapted for use when auditing any management system.
For more details of what is included, see our ISO 19011 Contents page