ISO 19011 provides guidelines for auditing management systems, especially management systems established to meet the requirements set out in ISO management system standards. This standard was initially published in 2002 as Guidelines on quality and/or environmental management systems auditing. When ISO 19011 was revised in 2012, the standard was expanded to cover all management system disciplines, as well as the full range of auditing activities, including internal audits (first-party), supply chain audits (second-party) and external audits (third-party).
The history of ISO 19011 actually goes even further back because ISO 19011 was initially developed to replace the six quality and environmental audit guidelines that were developed and published in the 1990’s. This history is reflected in the current structure and content of the ISO 19011:2011 standard.
A second revision of ISO 19011 was initiated in early 2016.
To learn more about ISO 19011 and some of the audit program challenges that are likely to be addressed in this revision of the standard, download the ENLAR White Paper – Introduction to ISO 19011, Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems. This white paper also provides insights into the relationship between management system audits and The Institute of Internal Auditor’s International Professional Practices Framework (IPPF).
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