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Retaining time for internal audit records

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Retaining time for internal audit records

"How long are we required to retain records of internal audits? I've had some external auditors suggest 10 years.”
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ISO 9001 DOCUMENTATION TOOLKIT

Step-by-step implementation for smaller companies.

ISO 9001 DOCUMENTATION TOOLKIT

Step-by-step implementation for smaller companies.

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Carlos Pereira da Cruz Jan 24, 2019

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Unless your organization belongs to a sector with particular requirements from customers or regulators, there is no “officially” suggested time to retain records of internal audits. 10 years seems to be demanding without any particular return of investment. In my work with organizations I recommend 4 years. With this time frame organizations ensure that they keep internal audit records during the three year cycle of certification.

The following material will provide you information about document and record control:
- ISO 9001 – New approach to document and record control in ISO 9001:2015 - https://advisera.com/9001academy/blog/2015/06/30/new-approach-to-document-and-record-control-in-iso-90012015/
- free online training ISO 9001:2015 Foundations Course – https://training.advisera.com/course/iso-9001-foundations-course/
- book - Discover ISO 9001:2015 Through Practical Examples - https://advisera.com/books/discover-iso-9001-2015-through-practical-examples/
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