BS EN ISO 19011:2018 Guidelines for auditing management systems

BS EN ISO 19011:2018

Guidelines for auditing management systems

Status : Current   Published : July 2018
Conformity to regulation : Designated



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What is this standard about?

It provides guidance for any organization that wants to plan and conduct management systems audits or manage an audit programme.

Who is this standard for?

Organizations that use ISO management system standards (e.g. 9001, 14001, 45001, 27001, etc), from the very smallest to multi-national, multi-site global conglomerates. 

Why should you use this standard?

It provides guidance on auditing management systems and includes:

  • The principles of auditing
  • Managing an audit programme
  • Conducting management system audits
  • Guidance on evaluating the competence of individuals involved in the audit process. This includes the individual(s) managing the audit programme, auditors and audit teams.

NOTE: It’s possible to apply this document to other types of audits as long as special consideration is given to the specific competence needed.

What’s changed since the last update?

 The main changes are:

  • Addition of the risk-based approach to the principles of auditing
  • Expansion of guidance on managing an audit programme, including audit programme risk
  • Expansion of the guidance on conducting an audit, particularly the section on audit planning
  • Expansion of the generic competence requirements for auditors
  • Adjusted terminology to reflect the process and not the object (thing)
  • Removal of the annex containing competence requirements for auditing specific management system disciplines (due to the large number of individual management system standards, it would not be practical to include competence requirements for all disciplines)
  • Expansion of Annex A to provide guidance on auditing (new) concepts such as organizational context, leadership and commitment, virtual audits, compliance and supply chain

Standard NumberBS EN ISO 19011:2018
TitleGuidelines for auditing management systems
Publication Date05 July 2018
Conformity to regulationDesignated
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)No other standards are normatively referenced
Informative References(Provided for Information)ISO 9000:2015, ISO Guide 73:2009, ISO 9001, ISO/IEC 17021-1
International RelationshipsEN ISO 19011:2018,ISO 19011:2018
Draft Superseded By17/30354834 DC
DescriptorsTraining, Communication skills, Management techniques, Research methods, Performance, Records (documents), Education, Quality assurance systems, Documents, Management, Quality auditing, Quality assurance, Auditors, Personnel
Title in FrenchLignes directrices pour l'audit des systèmes de management
Title in GermanLeitfaden zur Auditierung von Managementsystemen
ISBN978 0 580 97125 9
File Size1.341 MB

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