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Internal Auditing Best Practices


This 2 hour webinar will consider internal auditing techniques and best practices that are used by a metrology laboratory to comply with ISO/IEC 17025 criteria. There are no prerequisites for this webinar. 

Learning Objectives:

During this webinar, using your notes and ISO/IEC 17025 or NIST HB 143, you will:

  • IDENTIFY internal auditing criteria (Section 4.14) in ISO/IEC 17025:2005 & NIST HB 143:2007;
  • IDENTIFY the steps of an audit cycle;
  • DESCRIBE the difference between a “desk audit,” “functional audit,” “technical audit,” and “management system audit”;
  • IDENTIFY template checklists and other tools that can be used to successfully document the audit process; and
  • APPLY best practices to conduct an effective internal management system audit within your laboratory.

Technology Requirement(s):

The Webcast will be streamed in medium bandwidth (350kbs), so viewers needed to have a constant connection during the webcast.

  1. Hardware and operating system configurations:
    • Windows XP (Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11; Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome)
    • Windows Vista (Internet Explorer or Firefox)
    • Windows 7 or 8 (Mozilla Firefox; Google Chrome)
    • Apple Mac OS 10.5x (Mozilla Firefox; Apple Safari; Google Chrome)
    • Ubuntu Linux (Firefox only)
  2. Media players In order to access the event, you must have, at a minimum, Adobe® Flash® Player 11.2+ installed on your computer. Please visit to download the Flash Player.
  3. Internet browsers In order to access the event, you must have either Microsoft Internet Explorer (Explorer 8, 9, 10, 11) or Mozilla Firefox 3+ browser for Windows operating systems. For accessing events via Mac operating systems you must have Mozilla Firefox 3+ or Safari 4.x.
  4. Optional: If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before: Test your connection: et a quick overview:

Materials & Supplies:



There are no prerequisites for this webinar.


  • Read: ISO/IEC 17025 (NIST HB 143) Section 4.14 Internal Auditing (
  • Review your laboratory management system Audit policy (quality manual), procedure, and associated forms.
  • Review the most recent internal audit documentation (e.g., audit checklist and objective evidence).
  • Write a short essay describing specific challenges you (or your laboratory) have with operating an internal auditing system and/or specific questions that you hope to address by participating in this learning event.

Pre-Work Deadline:

Submit the pre-work to the instructor by COB on Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Minimum Requirement(s):

Successful Completion includes completing pre-work assignment, full attendance and full participation in the session activities and discussion.


Laboratory personnel who have responsibilities for developing, implementing, and/or improving the quality management system in their laboratory as well as those who are seeking OWM recognition and/or accreditation or improvements to support recognition/accreditation. This course is available for non-weights and measures participants. This webinar is also useful for administrative or management staff who help with conducting internal audits or review/monitor action items and their effectiveness resulting from internal audits.


The current fee for webinars is $199 and confirmed participants will be provided a link to make a payment. Registration fees for State weights and measures regulatory officials and metrologists are funded by NIST OWM.


Elizabeth Gentry
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3690

Related Project(s):

NIST OWM has a number of other training opportunities scheduled. For more information:


Start Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
End Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Location: Adobe Connect
Audience: Industry, Government
Format: Webinar


NIST / Office of Weights and Measures

Class No.

Time: 02:00 p.m. - 04:00 p.m. ET

Registration Deadline: Thursday, January 29, 2014


You must register in the Office of Weights and Measures Contacts System. You must first establish a primary contact account by going to the link listed above. Follow the instructions to create an account unless you are already a registered user. The Quick Guide provides an overview of the training registration process.

Your request for a contact account will be processed within one business day. You will be sent a password, so that you can then register in our training system (How to Request Training & Transcript Using the Contacts System-PDF) for this class. If you have any questions, contact Isabel Chavez at 301-975-2128.

Registration Contact:

Yvonne Branden
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3272

Isabel Chavez
Contact Management System Administrator
Phone: (301) 975 - 2128

Security Instructions:

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Visitor Information 

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Technical Contact:

Elizabeth Gentry
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3690