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Course Information
Course Title: Internal Auditing
Categories: 1 - Quality/Regulatory/Compliance
Instructor(s): Chris Gunning Course Number: 10
Affiliation: A2LA
Course Date: 03/06/2017 - Monday Course Length: 2 Day Course
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Course Date 2: 03/07/2017 - Tuesday    
Start Time: 08:30 AM End Time: 05:00 PM
Fee: $1100 ($1500 after 2/18/17) Textbook Fee:

Course Description
This 2-day training course practices the internationally-recognized approaches of ISO 19011:2011 to conducting effective internal audits. The techniques learned promote the involvement of laboratory personnel. The course includes easy-to-implement methods for continual improvement and preparing for external assessments. Upon successful completion of this course, attendees will be able to: Understand the principles of auditing; Plan and schedule internal audits; Prepare for and conduct an internal audit; Apply internal audit interview techniques; and Compose nonconformance findings.

Target Audience
This course is appropriate for all laboratory staff who participates in the operation of the laboratory management system.

Course Outline
Day 1 - (8:00 am-4:30 pm)

Introduction and Objectives
• Course Aims
• Approaches to Learning
Internal Audit Concepts
• Quality systems Requirements
• Continual improvement processes
- - Break (15 minutes) - -
• Process auditing
Internal Audit Planning
• Internal audit cycles and planning
- - Lunch (1 hour) - -
• Planning workshop
- - Break (15 minutes) - -
• Planning workshop (cont’d)

Day 2 - (8:00 am-4:00 pm)

Meetings and Interviews
• Auditor responsibilities
• Interview workshop
- - Break (15 minutes) - -
Writing findings and reports
• Determining findings
• Audit report content
- - Lunch (1 hour) - -
• Closing meeting workshop
Monitoring and follow up
- - Break (15 minutes) - -
• Follow up workshop
• Develop enduring solutions

Course Instructor's Biography
Christopher Gunning is currently the Program Manager for the Environmental Sciences field with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he has been employed since March of 2009. He supports the day-to-day operations of accreditation, by assisting clients in obtaining and maintaining accreditation. He facilitates the assessment process for new and renewal laboratories in the Biological, Chemical, Environmental, and Mechanical fields of testing. He serves as the main point of contact for the Environmental discipline which includes the Department of Defense Environmental Laboratory Accreditation Program (DoD ELAP), Wyoming Storage Tank Remediation Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, Kentucky Underground Storage Tank Testing Laboratory Accreditation Program, and US EPA Environmental Lead Laboratory Accreditation Program (NLLAP). Mr. Gunning has successfully completed the 2009 A2LA ISO/IEC 17025 Assessor Orientation course. Mr. Gunning performs management system assessments, performs oversights of assessors, and represents A2LA at public meetings. Mr. Gunning also provides ISO/IEC 17025 training both internally and publicly. Prior to joining A2LA, Mr. Gunning worked as a Senior Research Associate with GenVec Inc. located in Gaithersburg, MD. He was responsible for managing the production, purification, and testing of adenoviral vectors to be used in cancer therapeutics as well as vaccine candidates. He also trained new employees in all related SOPs and technical skills related to these processes. Mr. Gunning has a B.A. degree in Biology that was obtained from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland located in Saint Mary’s City Maryland.