In Are you stuck in the compliance audit trap?, I explained when organisations continue to look in the same place month after month and year after year, they are being lulled into a false sense of security as the number of non-conformance findings reduce.
Your audit schedule is your guide to what processes and activities will be audited over the coming period, and it is generally set for 12 months. In Are you still compliance auditing? I discussed that it was important to schedule internal audits around the highest risk processes and activities. Despite this, many organisations use the same schedule year after year becoming a slave to their audit schedule.
To stop being a slave and get out of the compliance audit trap, you need to conduct audits based on risk. In applying risk-based thinking to how you schedule audits, consider the following;
Avoid becoming a slave to your audit schedule – review what you need to audit and move the emphasis off compliance towards improvement, thereby adding more value to your organisation.
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