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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 http://get2.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 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: http://nist.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm et a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/products/adobeconnect.html

Materials & Supplies:



There are no prerequisites for this webinar.


  • Read: ISO/IEC 17025 (NIST HB 143) Section 4.14 Internal Auditing (http://www.nist.gov/pml/wmd/pubs/upload/hb143_2007_final.pdf).
  • 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
Email: elizabeth.gentry@nist.gov

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
Email: yvonne.branden@nist.gov

Isabel Chavez
Contact Management System Administrator
Phone: (301) 975 - 2128
Email: isabel.chavez@nist.gov

Security Instructions:

Not applicable.

Visitor Information 

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Technical Contact:

Elizabeth Gentry
Office of Weights and Measures
Phone: (301) 975 - 3690
Email: elizabeth.gentry@nist.gov