to your company undergoing a full certification audit, it is recommended that your company conduct a
pre-assessment audit. The purpose of the pre-assessment
audit is to ensure you are ready to proceed with the full certification
audit. Essentially, the pre-assessment audit is a dress rehearsal
for the real thing.
It is important that your company conduct a pre-assessment audit
because this process allows your company to identify any nonconformities
and implement corrective actions before the registrar's certification
On the day of the pre-assessment audit the registrar will come to
your office and perform an in-depth review of your company's compliance
with each element of the standard. Any nonconformities or observations
are provided to you in writing in the pre-assessment audit report.
In many cases, the pre-assessment audit report may be available
to your company from the auditor on the same day, but this depends
on the individual auditor.
If the auditor discovers a number of nonconformities, it is recommended
that your company postpone the final certification audit (if scheduled),
address and correct any nonconformities and conduct another pre-assessment
audit. This is only recommended if more than three or four major
nonconformities are discovered. If your company receives 10-20 nonconformities,
and they are all minor adjustments to your Quality Management System
(QMS), there usually is no need to cancel the certification audit or conduct
a second pre-assessment audit.
It is important to remember that a registrar's time is limited and
audits can be costly. It would be better to postpone a final audit
and ensure that your company complies rather than rush the process
only for the registrar to find a number of major nonconformities.