Auditing standards for construction projects
Auditing a multi-site construction project with vendors, consultants and contractors is an example of higher complexity. Given the size of investments and the increasingly demanding schedule for construction projects, companies are competing based on cost and completing projects on time. For an organization to be compliant with or certified to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 standard, it must conduct internal audits at planned intervals. The aim of these audits is twofold. First is to ensure that the quality management system (QMS) conforms to the organizational requirements as well as all applicable ISO 9001 requirements. The second is to ensure that the QMS is effectively implemented throughout the organization. The internal audit section in the ISO 9001:2015 standard starts with requiring any organization seeking compliance with the standard to conduct internal audits “at planned intervals.” Conformance to requirements is an indication that the QMS is comprised of documented processes to address them adequately.