We are a small company (<25 employees), and as such, we have traditionally used an outside contractor to conduct our internal audits for ISO 9001. Last year we tried to do it ourselves and ran into concerns about possibly having audited our own work, so we're back to using a contractor, as a result. We have used the same guy for about 9 or 10 years now, however, this past December we were certified to the 13485 standard. He is a certified lead auditor for ISO 9001, a certified internal auditor for ISO 14000, and AS9100(?). He has worked in the past, for a 13485 certified company, but did not perform their audits.
In my mind, a certified lead auditor is trained in conducting a professional audit, to a known standard. As long as he has access to the particular standard (in this case, 13485), he should be OK, right??
Do you think I'll have a problem with proving his competence if I use him for our internal audit for 13485?