Audit 123 – ISO 9001 Guidance

  • ACT

Key Points

This ISO 9001 audit checklist guidance accompanies the ISO 9001 workbook, providing auditor’s guidance to aid assessment and decision making during audits, reviews and gap analysis.

It will also provide a valuable resources for those looking for information, support and advice to enable them to implement a quality management system or for them to function better as an individual in their role supporting the system.

This comprehensive guidance is drawn from the requirements of the ISO 9001 standard and provides detailed insight into what the requirements are and what should be considered when determining conformity with each clause.


This checklist guidance has been published to accompany the workbook and guide auditor decision making, enabling audits to be comprehensive and consistent. The reference numbers in the guidance for ISO 9001 will correspond with those contained in the workbook for ISO 9001.
The publication is wire bound for ease of use, printed in colour and 48 pages:

Chapter 1 – Introduction – page 2
  • Copyright
  • The Author – ACT
  • Overview of ISO 9001
Chapter 2 – How to use the Auditor’s Guidance – page 6
Chapter 3 – Auditor’s Guidance for ISO 9001 – page 9
  • Clause 4 – Context of the organisation page 9
  • Clause 5 – Leadership page 13
  • Clause 6 – Planning page 17
  • Clause 7 – Support page 21
  • Clause 8 – Operation page 25
  • Clause 9 – Performance evaluation page 33
  • Clause 10 – Improvement page 37
Chapter 4 – Terms and definitions – page 39
Chapter 5 – Audit 123 – Audit system outline – page 47


Sample abstract:

Auditor’s Guidance – ISO 9001 – Level One (1)

Clause 5 – Leadership

5/01 Leadership and commitment Consider
Has the top management of the organization demonstrated leadership and commitment in respect of the QMS management system?
• Taking accountability for the effectiveness of the QMS.
• Establishing a quality policy and objectives compatible with the organization’s context and strategic direction.
• Ensuring the integration of quality into the organization’s business processes.
• Promoting use of risk-based thinking and a process approach.
• Ensuring resources.
• Communicating the importance of effective quality management and conformity with the QMS.
• Ensuring the QMS achieves its intended results.
• Directing people to contribute to the effectiveness of the QMS, engaging and supporting them.
• Promoting improvement.
• Supporting other managers to demonstrate leadership.

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