process for obtaining relevant information about an object of conformity assessment and evaluating it objectively to determine the extent to which specified requirements are fulfilled
Note 1 to entry: The specified requirements are defined prior to performing an audit so that the relevant information can be obtained.
Note 2 to entry: Examples of objects for an audit are management systems, processes, products and services.
Note 3 to entry: For accreditation purposes, the audit process is called “assessment”.
[ISO/IEC 17000:2020, 6.4]
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