The Registration Audit

Once your management system has been operational for 3 to 6 months, you will be ready for a registration audit. Auditors will confirm that you are following ISO procedures. You should select your registrar at least 6 months before you plan to have your audit. The registration schedules fill up quickly.

Choosing a Registrar

When selecting a Registrar, it is best to interview several and select one who understands your business, your industry, and who will have a good working relationship with your company. Use our questions to ask the registrar.

While selecting a registrar, check with the registering body in your country to make sure that registrar is approved and can provide a recognized registration/certification to the standard. In the US, check ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation BoardANAB ( for current status of your registrar.

Preparing for the Registration Audit

  • Know the Policy and objectives related to your position. You don’t need to have them memorized, but know what they are about, and where to find them if you need to. You also should know how you contribute to attaining the policy and objectives in your position.
  • Know where the system procedures, work procedures, and other documents are located.
  • Know how paper documents are controlled, and how the company ensures that employees use the latest copy.
  • Be able to explain how you do your job. Training records must show that you are adequately trained to do your job.

Audit Tips

  • Be prepared to show the auditor what you are doing, and where the process is documented.
  • Be able to show the auditor that equipment in use is calibrated.
  • Be able to show the auditor that you are qualified to perform your job, know where training records are kept to demonstrate your qualifications to the auditor.
  • Be honest, and answer the auditor’s questions directly. If you don’t know an answer, that’s OK. Direct the auditor to the person who would know the answer. If you would go to your supervisor to ask, tell that to the auditor.
  • Be prepared to tell the auditor about the policy. Paraphrasing it is acceptable.

Registrar Interview Questions