The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has published auditing standard ISO 19011:2018, which addresses the auditing requirements of both ISO 9001 (quality management standard) and ISO 14001 (environmental management standard).

ISO 19011 provides guidance on the principles of auditing, the establishment of an audit programme, the execution of quality management and environmental management system (EMS) audits and the competence required of the system auditors. The standard is applicable to all organisations conducting internal or external audits. For further information on auditing skills, see the EMS Accreditation, Certification and Verification topic.

This topic explains the key elements to be considered in an EMS audit.

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