Denise Robitaille, Chair of the ISO project committee1)that revised the standard, said it was updated to ensure it continues providing effective guidance to address changes in the marketplace, evolving technologies and the many new management system standards recently published or revised.

“Other key changes in the 2018 version include the addition of a risk-based approach to the principles of auditing to reflect the enhanced focus on risk in both management standards and in the marketplace,” she said.

“There are tips on auditing risks and opportunities as well as information on applying risk-based thinking to the audit process.

“In addition, guidance has been expanded in a number of areas such as managing an audit programme and conducting an audit.”

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1) ISO 19011 was developed by ISO project committee ISO/PC 302Guidelines for auditing management systems, whose secretariat is held by ANSI, ISO’s member for the USA.