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The Minimum Requirements to be Internal Quality Auditors
(by Choong Ewe Lee)


In fact, many organizations have already put the above requirements in practices by defining the minimum requirements for Internal Qualified Auditors in their respective Internal Quality Audit procedure. With the new IATF 16949:2016, the eight (8) minimum competencies for Internal Quality Auditors become a compulsory, instead of optional.

What are the minimum requirements to be Internal Quality Auditors ?
•    Understanding of ISO 9001:2015 Standard Requirements
•    Understanding of IATF 16949:2016 Standard Requirements
•    Understanding of Customer Specified Requirements (CSR)


•    Understanding of Automotive Process Approach Audit (by using Turtle Diagram)
•    Understanding of the applicable 5 Core Tools (APQP, PPAP, FMEA, SPC & MSA).
•    Understanding how to plan, conduct, report and close out audit findings.
•    Must executive a minimum number of audits per year.
•    Maintain the knowledge of requirements, if there is any changes/upgrading.


As IATF 16949:2016 may require an organization to conduct QMS Audit, Manufacturing Process Audit & Product Audit, the standard has further defined the competency requirements for the below :
•    Manf. Process Auditors shall have technical understanding of the Manf. Process which covers FMEA & Control Plan.
•    Product Auditors shall understand product requirements and use the relevant measuring & testing equipment to 
     verify product conformity.

With this, we have proposed our clients to develop a Work Instruction, namely “Qualifying for Auditor Competency” for their Internal Audit Team, and also to update the List of Qualified Auditors with the additional competencies defined above.

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