If your organization is considering to go for ISO certification, it is always a good thing to know what are the process criteria’s that has to be taken care. Auditing plays a major role to review and track the process adherence level in each department within an organization.
Nonconformities are one of the most important outcomes of an audit. It is “non-fulfillment of a requirement” (ISO 9001:2005) – this basically means that a nonconformity arises when a business process doesn’t fulfill what is required for standards.
Nonconformities and its types:
Nonconformities are the crucial aspects found in both internal and external (certification) audits. With these an auditor can judge up to which level the management system is compliant with a standard.
A Minor Nonconformity would be in the areas lacking to conform to a requirement that in the auditor’s judgment and experience and not likely results in a failure of the quality management system.
Minor Non-conformities can be:
- Problem in single occurrence
- Process gaps that does not affect customer
- Creates little or no waste
- Can be fixed easily with appropriate corrective action
A Major Nonconformity would be the total failure in adapting a business process, or the failure to address a key ISO 9001 requirement. It would be a nonconformity that in the auditor’s judgment and experience that affects the overall effectiveness.
Major Non-conformities can be:
- Company completely failed to fulfill a certain significant requirement
- Repeated occurrences of the same minor issue
- A number of minors related to the same clause
The defined Audit process should be effective and efficient to handle the Audit that streamline business process with nil non-conformities. Every organization undergoing Auditing should take care of 6 C’s to improve their audit handling and enhance their process effectiveness.,
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