Compliance test

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Compliance test
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Compliance test - this is a procedure that checks whether an organisation complies with the internal procedures it has established. It is carried out as part of the audit work. Data tests are conducted by an independent auditor, who verifies, among other things, whether in simulated scenarios, employees and managerial staff of the company are able to react in accordance with their internal procedures. If sufficient procedures are detected and available to the company, the auditor may refrain from making a comprehensive report. However, if the activities in question are negatively assessed, they will have to be reported to the institutions concerned. All information is collected from the employees of the company - so that the given procedures are tested as if on a living organism.

Procedure of compliance testing

Compliance testing can be carried out using mathematical criteria or chemical tests, depending on the test subject. Well, auditors can control production lines or e. g. products produced by given production lines. These may be products for which quality standards require testing with chemical apparatus or appropriate mathematical models [1].

Apart from the variety of tests carried out during the compliance test, the following steps, among others, are the most important:

Most often the compliance test can be applied to different types of companies. In particular, they close where compliance with certain standards is required. These are, in particular, industries such as:

  • software engineering
  • data and communications protocol engineering
  • document engineering
  • biocompatibility proofing
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • medical procedure proofing
  • pharmaceutical packaging
  • building construction (fire)

All the above-mentioned industries are characterized by the fact that they have appropriate ISO standards, i. e. quality standards. A large number of auditors are required to obtain certificates in the area of control of specific quality standards. Without them, the person's compliance test can be invalidated [2].

Standardizing compliance test procedures

As mentioned above, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is responsible for setting international quality standards, which classifies specific values for different types of economic activity. They allow inspectors not only to check whether the manufactured goods meet all standards, but also provide information to consumers about the fact that the goods are safe for them[3].

Violation of quality standards, in a large number of countries, may result in the non-admission of a given product to the economic market. First of all, the trader introducing such goods may be liable for damages and criminal liability, depending on the damage suffered by the consumer. Therefore, the standards ensure the security of economic transactions.



  1. Bedard J. C., Cannon N. H., (2017) p. 81-114
  2. Agosta F., Alvarez F., O'Connor R.V., Galvan S., Mora M (2015) p. 188-195
  3. Nielsen H. S., (2012) p. 643-649

Author: Martyna Barłóg