Tag Archives: auditing

The convergence of audit and inspection – are you prepared?

Date: January 2017 Economic, political and societal pressures have always influenced the evolution of audit and inspection; albeit along different paths. Today, these same pressures continue to shape auditing and inspection expectations; but something important has changed.   For the first time, these expectations share a common theme – the effective monitoring and control of operational risk. […]

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Why organisations should avoid qualitative ISO 9001:2015 risk-based thinking

The recent release of ISO 9001:2015 finds many organisations at the crossroads when deciding how to conform to the standard’s new risk-based thinking requirements. One option is to continue doing what they have done in the past; a road that brings with it suboptimal process monitoring and control, and an increased likelihood that poor compliance […]

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Solving the Integrated Risk Assurance Puzzle

What is Integrated Risk Assurance?“ Integrated risk assurance involves an objective examination of evidence for the purpose of providing an independent assessment on risk management, control, or governance processes for the organisation”, (as defined by the IIA).   Why is it important? Despite the events of the recent global financial crisis and the ever-increasing pressure […]

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Size matters – especially when it comes to auditing.

A question I often get asked is “what sample-size do I need”? A reasonable question you might think, but the answer is rarely straightforward. This is because deciding which sample-size to use involves taking three competing requirements into consideration: (i) risk (ii) time and (iii) cost. For example, it stands to reason the more “riskier” […]

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