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What are some common audit findings?

"The ability to identify audit findings, communicate them and determine the audit conclusions is one of the skills that adds the most value to a management system audit." (J.P. Russell)

Some of the more common areas where deficiencies are noted during an audit are listed below. The conditions can be incidental, or they may result in findings based upon frequency and seriousness.

Documentation:
* Unauthorized changes have been made
* Obsolete drawings or documents are being used
* Obsolete drawings or documents are not disposed of
* There is no way to confirm the correct drawing revision

Work Instructions:
* Are not available
* Are not adequate
* Are not being followed
* Rework and repair procedures are adequate

Inspection:
* Inspections have insufficient instructions
* Inspection status not properly indicated
* No sound sampling plan in use

Calibration:
* Test equipment is not being calibrated
* Test equipment is overdue for calibration

Material Control:
* Suppliers are not approved or monitored
* Nonconforming materials are not properly segregated
* Nonconforming material reapplied without authority

*This information was obtained by the Certified Supplier Quality Professional Body of Knowledge, in addition to feedback from Pro QC auditors in various regions.