Assessments and Audits can vary in width and depth depending on the expected outcome and purpose of such an excercise. Too short audits or assessments may defeat the core purpose of their need and too long ones may be too costly and time consuming. The proper width and depth, scope and purpose for the Assessments are established with the principals to optimize their beneficial outcome.

Two successful businessman shaking hands in frontAs such, and to achieve successfully the set scope, purpose and objective by the stakeholders, MIC provides three levels of assessments, whereby each level is function of the “width” and “depth” of the audit samples; the estimated workloads* (timeframes) associated with these assessment levels are based upon MIC’s previous experience with different industries; needless to say that the level of assessment selected will set the path to the level of improvement contemplated.

Why three levels of assessments?

  • Most auditing firms, cover only a limited and randomly selected set of samples for “compliance” purposes only to a set of requirements, or standards, or rules called “criteria” within a limited period of time. (limited width and depth)

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  • Registration audits for example, highlight a very small area in the implementation process, leaving improvements for later audits, which may or may not be effective.

MIC assessments are designed to exceed such constraints, reduce the risks of non-conformities during the registration audits, and most importantly ensure implementation of “best practices” for improvement purposes.

MIC three levels of assessments of the Business Management System to meet customer, stakeholders, and legal/regulatory requirements:

Level III

Full Management System Assessment – This type of assessment is a “Management Audit”, highly comprehensive internal audit, and covers all the entities in the organizational chart

Level II

Lean Management System Assessment – This type of assessment is basically an optimized “Management Audit” with an audit width and depth enough to cover all the minimum requirements of the criteria and most best practice recommendations for improvements

Level I

Compliance Assessment – This type of assessment has an audit width and depth enough to cover the requirements of the criteria set, whereby, the core operations and the critical staff are sampled and audited. Support and Administrative Operations are sampled randomly.