1. Name your files to make auditing easier; a filename with cryptic job numbers and abbreviations that are used within the company may not be easily understood or cataloged by an auditor

2. Give the auditor the ‘secret decoder ring’ for cryptic company acronyms and abbreviations

3. Have clear references to connect the dots between documents. Most people don’t want to duplicate information in multiple documents, but references to another document should relate to a particular section in the reference

4. Have a hierarchy to your documents

5. Don’t drown your auditor in paperwork; piecemeal feeding by topic works better

6. Identify and record action items and show follow-up to resolutions

7. Notify the auditor promptly when document revisions occur and include change history in all documents

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