Mastering Audits in the Laboratory

Based on principles in ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems



Course overview

The 4-day ‘Mastering Audits in the Laboratory’ course:

  • is focused on developing the knowledge and skills required for experienced, senior and lead auditors to plan, conduct and report effective audits
  • develops general understanding of the audit process into practical application
  • is designed to take experienced auditors to the next level using practical activities and opportunities for individual coaching in specific areas to build awareness, confidence and capability
  • provides the framework for audit programmes that meet international quality management standards
  • covers the audit process and documentation in detail
  • explores audit activities and responsibilities related to the senior/lead auditor role.


This course includes assessments completed during training. Assessment activities include an online theory assessment and practical activities such as documentation review, report writing and practical performance. 

Participants need to bring a laptop or tablet with them to complete these assessments.

Video may be used to record practice activities during the course. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for each participant to review their own performance. The videos will be recorded using the participant’s phone and are not shown to anyone else in the class, including the trainer.

“I now feel better equipped and confident when conducting, or providing advice on preparing, conducting, and reporting on audits for labs… I can take the knowledge from the training and apply it in the specific lab setting.”
Joanne Letchford, Integrated Quality Laboratory Service

What you will learn

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • identify audit requirements in relevant Standards (such as ISO/IEC 17025 or ISO 15189)
  • describe senior and lead auditor roles
  • explain the stages in the audit process
  • plan, organise and prepare for audits
  • conduct documentation reviews
  • use different auditing techniques to gather information and evidence
  • lead and collaborate with the audit team
  • facilitate audit meetings
  • identify, record and classify nonconformities
  • communicate and report audit findings
  • follow-up audit actions.

Who should do the course?

This course is ideal for individuals who:

  • are experienced or senior auditors
  • are responsible for their facility’s audit programme
  • have existing knowledge about the audit process
  • are experienced in planning and/or conducting audits at their facility
  • currently lead audit teams or may lead audit teams in the future.

It is highly recommended that participants have attended previous introductory training in auditing such as NATA’s ‘The Art of Internal Auditing’ course.

Course dates and booking

Date Time Location Available Spaces
16 - 19 September 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Virtual Course 16
2 - 5 December 2024 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Virtual Course 16

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