I have difficulty with the concept of "Scope" of an audit. If for example I have a lab that has multiple departments (Biology, Organic Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Product Development etc.), each performing a different array of tests, could you provide some general examples of what the scope of an internal audit might be? Is it the clauses we intend to audit? Or the specific test/group of tests within a department? I'm just not sure of what Scope exactly is.
Thanks for your time.
The Audit scope covers the requirements, area (department), activity and depth of what your will be auditing.
Your Internal Audit Schedule must over the assigned period, cover all departments, activities and all test test methods for which you are seeking accreditation. .e are all the processes, documents and records of information in place to ensure impartiality, competence and consistent operations.
Then for the Scope of each planned audit in that schedule , you plan
Which department – e.g organic chemistry
Which activity – Internal Quality Control (clause 7.7.1)
What depth – all test methods that must comply with ISO 17025
The following will provide more information on Internal Audits: