The six key principles every management system auditor should apply during an audit are; Integrity, which is the core of auditing professionalism; Fair presentation, highlighting the necessity of truth and accuracy in reportage; Confidentiality, emphasizing the importance of maintaining secure information; Due professional care, encouraging sound judgments; Independence, facilitating impartiality and objectivity; and an Evidence-based approach, focusing on verifiable samples of information. These principles are founded on Clauses 5 to 7 of the ISO 19011:2011 Guidelines for auditing management systems.
Audit scope is one of the parameters that an auditor should not lose sight of. The auditor must ensure that the auditee understands this parameter during the audit.
First party audit is called an internal audit conducted internally by an organisation or by someone else on their behalf. In the first party audit, it’s the members of the management that are involved, very familiar with themselves and unlike what we may have in the second party and third party audits.