The purpose of an internal audit is to provide leadership with unbiased data regarding the company’s internal controls, processes, and regulatory compliance. The results of an internal audit team’s work is used by an organization’s leadership to set direction regarding operational effectiveness. As such, it’s critical that internal audits be conducted by individuals unconcerned with internal corporate politics, interpersonal divisions, or an instinct to not address findings seriously. We’ve found that companies sometimes shy away from internal audits because uncovering problems and reviewing activities can be intimidating to teams. However, the role of an internal audit is to identify shortcomings before external audits expose those teams and companies to more unsettling and damaging criticism. In many organizations, internal audits are organized by an audit committee which reports to the highest levels of leadership.
An unbiased consulting firm can assist in either leading the audit or working with employees at the organization to objectively evaluate teams, activities, and findings. The costs of not taking an internal audit process seriously are daunting: regulatory agencies like the FDA can order production ceased, locations closed, or initiate costly recalls that result in loss of revenue and reputation. A traceable, competent internal audit history can identify issues before such agencies get involved and can demonstrate to those agencies a serious commitment to compliance and quality.
Quality Systems Consultants has extensive experience working through internal audits. We can reduce the risk that your organization will produce biased results in their audit processes by acting as that objective third party. Reduce risk, exposure, and cost by scheduling an appointment with us. Call (408) 357-9187 to see how we can help.