This 2 day seminar will explore how to create and implement an efficient and effective internal audit program. Internal Audit is a required part of an effective quality system. More importantly, it is an incredibly powerful tool to identify areas of non-compliance. A well-designed audit program can be an effective tool in understanding, communicating, and reducing quality and compliance risk.
However, estimates indicate that up to 75% of companies conduct audits only because they are required to by regulation. Businesses often see internal audit as a non-value added activity leading to meaningless findings, bureaucracy, and cumbersome processes. And despite having an internal audit program, management is often surprised when they receive a 483, Warning Letter, or even a Consent Decree. A well planned audit program can reduce these risks.
In this seminar, we will discuss:
How to develop and implement an efficient and effective audit program
Red-flags that your program is not effective
Risk Analysis techniques
Audit Program Structure
The auditing process - steps and tools
Documentation and communication
Linkages within your Quality System to ensure audits lead to effective solutions and lasting improvement
Why should you attend:
Continuous Improvement starts with awareness of issues and opportunities. And without an effective audit program, management lacks awareness of the issues within their quality system. Management is blind to the gaps in the quality system and the risk that poses for the company. Even worse, management is blind to the impact on product quality and risk to the customer. This webinar will highlight red-flags and ways to reduce compliance and quality risk.
Using lecture, interactive discussion, and exercises, this seminar will provide tools and techniques for you to develop or improve your audit program. Students will come away with key concepts, practice in these concepts, and extensive course notes for future use and reference. This 2-day seminar will cover the following areas:
Using a structured program to identify areas of risk leading to an effective audit strategy.
How to develop a meaningful structure of audit, oversight, transparent communication, and escalation to management review.
How to ensure your audit staff is well trained to proactively identify, communicate, and escalate issues.
How a culture of quality and compliance can encourage clear and transparent communication of risk.
How to prioritize, resource, and implement corrective actions.
Techniques for monitoring and communicating risk and improvement over time.
How to identify residual risk.
Signs that your company culture is taking unnecessary compliance or quality risk.
How to ensure management gets valuable information from your audit program.
Tools for documenting audit observations and managing corrective and preventive actions.
Roles and responsibilities.