A third-party audit occurs when a company has decided that they want to create a quality management system (QMS) that conforms to a standard set of requirements, such as ISO 9001, and hire an independent company to perform an audit to verify that the company has succeeded in this endeavor.
These independent companies are called certification bodies or registrars, and they are in the business of conducting audits to compare and verify that the QMS meets all the requirements of the chosen standard, and continues to meet the requirements on an ongoing basis. They then provide certification to companies that they approve. This can be used to give customers of the certified company confidence that the QMS meets the requirements of the chosen standard.
There are three types of audits used in this process, called certification audits, maintenance or surveillance audits, and re-certification audits. For an explanation of the relationship between certification, maintenance, and re-certification audits, see the section on “The Cycle of Maintaining ISO 9001 Certification for a Company” in ISO 9001 Certification: What is it for individuals and companies?.
A gap analysis is mainly a determination of the degree of conformance of your organization to the requirements of a specification or standard. A gap analysis is mainly a document review or a “show me the evidence” activity, evidence which usually will come in the form of a record or document.Sep 2, 2010
GAP ANALYSIS AND COMPLIANCE ASSISTANCES
Gap analysis is a proactive approach to ensure your safety and health management system is effective and complying with relevant WSH and other legislation.
IOM Singapore’s gap analysis and compliance assistance service covers a wide range of assessments designed to identify strengths and opportunities for improvement. We work closely with you to identify key areas that may need immediate attention and advise on practical health and safety improvement plans and initiatives.
Our consultants are up to date with WSH and other legislation and will ensure your organisation is prepared for all your workplace health and safety obligations. Our WSH Gap Analysis service covers:
- An initial review of client’s operations, structure, existing management system, and training of employees.
- Walk through audit of the workplace.
- Discussion of results and recommendations to achieve legislative compliance.
- Documented report to client.