Audits with added value

System and product certification

Use your resources and potential to optimize revenue growth and decrease error rates and costs. Together we will take care of possible vulnerabilities.

Customer benefit

Our qualityaustria audits are focused on creating value for our customers.

  • As part of the audit we examine whether the respective necessary requirements are fulfilled.
  • We are of the opinion that customer expectations significantly influence the goals and benefits of the audit,
  • that the competence of your auditor is of highest priority
  • and that the performance and impact of the audited management system are of crucial importance.

We are accredited by the Federal Ministry for Digital and Economic Affairs in the areas of management systems according to ISO/IEC 17021-01 and for products according to ISO/IEC 17065 and have the most comprehensive scope of accreditation in the area of management systems in Austria.

As an accredited certification body, we are committed to the values of independence and objectivity. Our competence is therefore regularly checked and certified.

As a national representative of IQNet, we are also entitled to issue IQNet certificates, which are valued worldwide.

Auditor competence is of utmost importance

We stand for sound expertise and competence for management systems, with the aspiration to secure and increase the business quality of our customers.

  • qualityaustria auditors have this competence and a diversified knowledge of the industry as they work as experts, managers or consultants in addition to their daily work.
  • They have in-depth knowledge of the relevant standards and continuously undergo extensive professional and methodological training.
  • The qualityaustria auditors' pronounced understanding of the connections between cause and effect as well as of possible consequences - intentional and unintentional - is essential.

In addition, we consider the value-oriented attitude of the auditors as a central element and strengthen this attitude with collegial embedding in the qualityaustria expert community and with an organisational environment that supports organisational and management competence.

"An effective management system outweighs its costs, because the benefits are noticeable in every department and level of the organization. Networking creates structure and transparency. Hidden potentials can be used, which ultimately has a positive effect on your company value".

Konrad Scheiber, CEO Quality Austria

Focus on customer expectations

qualityaustria audit design

 

Our audit philosophy

  • Customer expectations significantly influence audit objectives and benefits.
  • Auditor competence is of extreme importance.
  • Performance and effect of the audited Integrated Management System is crucial.
  • People encounter each other during an audit.
  • Auditing with the right attitude and values leads to the desired audit quality.

Characteristics such as independence, transparency, comprehensibility, professional due diligence, factual illustration, integrity and confidentiality are a matter of course for qualityaustria audits. qualityaustria audits comprehensibly contribute to company success within the context of this philosophy.

qualityaustria Audit categories

We divide our audit services into several categories. The structure is impartial; the greatest value is created when the executed audit also complies with the objectives of the respective customer in accordance with the best-possible expenditure-benefit ratio. Of course, audits for the Integrated Management System clearly adhere to normative specifications (for example ISO/IEC 17021-01 or ISO 19011). The qualityaustria audit categories are not strictly separated from each other, and the structure is selected according to pragmatic considerations - they differ in regard to their characteristics and objectives, resulting in various activity scopes both in regard to methodic audit design and the determination of objectives.

We support you in staying focused on your long-term objectives!

Your customers trust in our certificates.

Thanks to our accreditation, we are entitled to issue certificates or attestations of conformity that are recognized worldwide. The rights of use are transferred with the issued certificate. The qualityaustria certificate can be used for example for the internal and external communication of the successful certification.

1. First information
The customer lays the foundation for establishing a management system by purchasing standards and regulations, attending information Events and asking organizations that have already been certified about their experiences. During the following personal briefing with Quality Austria the needs of the client are scrutinized and the organisation is informed about the entire audit process in detail. As a first step company specific aspects for certification planning are identified. On the basis of the data collected, an estimate of the audit time required is made on the basis of international specifications.
2. Decision making
Now the reasons for establishing a system need to be aligned with the corporate business goals. This should result in a project plan: An assessment of the internal resources is just as important as the determination of external costs (if necessary for consulting, training and certification). The preparation of a schedule is also recommended. On the basis of this planning, the decision for certification can now be made.
3. Create and implement a concept
The following priorities can be intended for this phase:
  • Build up know-how about the selected management system (e.g. qualityaustria training for Quality or Environmental Managers)
  • Analysis of standard requirements and planning of implementation in the company
  • Training of employees on the basics of management Systems (qualityaustria In-house Trainings QMB Compact) and on the changed processes and procedures
  • Bringing newly designed processes to life and anchoring them in the company
Commitment and engagement of the management should be conveyed.
4. Short audit (optional)
A short audit can help to identify the progress of implementation of the management system in the individual areas, functions, processes or specific requirements of a standard or regulation. The expediency of the determined specifications and implementation measures is to be assessed in due time in order to identify faulty interpretations of the standards and regulations and therefore preventing additional expenditure/costs. The employees' conviction and motivation will be promoted.
5. Certification Audit Stage 1
This audit is already part of the certification process and serves to assess the certification maturity of the management system. It includes the following objectives:
  • Identification of key processes, objectives and relevant legal requirements
  • Assessment of company-specific aspects
  • Evaluation of management documentation
  • Decision on readiness for the Certification Audit Stage 2
  • Determination of the further procedure and audit planning for the Certification Audit Stage 2
6. Certification Audit Stage 2
In stage 2 Audit, the processes and requirements are audited on the basis of random samples. The focal points are:
  • Verification of conformity to the requirement models on the basis of an audit plan defined in advance
  • Presentation of the system development: Strengths and potentials of the system are listed
  • Identification of opportunities for improvement
  • Assessment of the suitability and appropriateness of the management system with regard to the company objectives
Audit results with references, recommendations and deviations will be summarized in an audit/assessment report.
7. Your Certificate
Due to its accreditation, Quality Austria is entitled to issue certificates or attestations of conformity that are recognized worlwide. The rights of use are transferred with the issued certificate. The qualityaustria certificate is regarded as proof of conformity and is used for internal and external communication of the successful certification in order to ensure better opportunities on the market and in calls for tender.
8. Continuous further development and improvement of the system
In the interests of continuous improvement, the management system is to be continuously developed in line with the strategic orientation. For this purpose, a Surveillance Audit will be carried out in the two years following certification. In the third year after the initial certification, the Recertification Audit is carried out with an application to reissue existing certificates.

Would you like to know more?

For details and more in depth information please refer to the qualityaustria position papers "The Audit" and "The Integrated Managementsystem":

 

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