The Stage 2 audit involves an on-site assessment of the organisation’s management system implementation and effectiveness.
This is the main part of the certification audit process, generally carried out at the clients’ premises, where the auditor will meet and interview staff, as well as go through all the documentation. During this stage, the auditor is seeking to verify the organisation’s implementation of the management system against the requirements of the standard – evaluating the effectiveness of their processes, controls, and procedures.
A Stage 2 audit is primarily focused on the following:
The auditor will assesses the organisation’s key processes, their interdependencies, and their alignment with the management system requirements. This evaluation helps identify areas of strength, as well as opportunities for improvement and optimisation.
Identification of Nonconformities
During the Stage 2 audit, the auditor may identify nonconformities or deviations from the standard’s requirements. This provides the client with specific feedback on areas that need corrective actions or improvements before certification can be granted.
The Stage 2 audit is designed to promote a culture of continuous improvement within the organisation. It highlights areas for enhancement and encourages the organisation to identify opportunities for further development and refinement of its management system.