Audit trails and change logs are the foundation of many audit processes in manufacturing. Even so, many manufacturers and suppliers rely on time-consuming methods to prepare audit trails, document changes to their production processes, and compare project versions. Thankfully, there is another way. This article will discuss what audit trails should consist of, why they are particularly important in manufacturing audits, and how version control software can help manufacturers more easily comply with audit requirements.
What is an audit trail?
In manufacturing, an audit trail is a log of all changes made to the manufacturing process. To put it simply, audit trails document who changed what, when, where, and why. A thorough audit trail document includes metadata like the date and time of a change, identification of who made the change, a description of the specific changes made, and comments about the reason for the change.