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Old 30th June 2017, 08:49 AM
Tyler C

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Re: Who does a QC (Quality Control) Auditor report to?

I think it also depends on whether or not internal auditing is a full time role, or just part time. For example, in my organization all internal auditors have full time jobs outside of auditing, and report to their respective departments. However, when it comes to audits, I facilitate the process and my word carries more weight than the department supervisors, in regard to the auditing process.

So, if one of the salesman is scheduled to do an audit, they will not be auditing the sales department because they cannot audit their own work, per clause 8.2.2 of the ISO 9001:2008 standard, "...Auditors shall not audit their own work."

My opinion, if they are full time auditors, their department should be QA/QC and report to you. If they are not full time auditors, they should report to their respective departments, but cannot audit their departments, or at least the function of their department that they work in.
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Old 30th June 2017, 09:45 AM

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Re: Who does a QC (Quality Control) Auditor report to?

It really is up to the organization. One compromise might be letting the auditors report to department managers they don't audit.

Edit: By compromise I meant for the organization decided, not the standard or any auditor.

Last edited by Eredhel; 30th June 2017 at 11:03 AM.
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Old 30th June 2017, 10:06 AM
QC Dave

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Re: Who does a QC (Quality Control) Auditor report to?

In Reply to Parent Post by Randy View Post

In referencing what you're talking about just quote the standard...."Ensure objectivity and impartiality of the audit process"

Then find out why those people want the auditors under their thumbs and watch their eyes when they tell you
I saw that, but couldn't they say that since it only says that under 8.2.2 and not 8.2.3 & 8.2.4 that it only applies to Internal Audits and not the process audits?

Just trying to cover my bases here, not be argumentative.
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Old 30th June 2017, 12:57 PM

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Re: Who does a QC (Quality Control) Auditor report to?

I think Tyler's got it.

And I guess it depends on what "report to" means. I would not have a situation where someone audits their department. So they still report to their dept. manager. But for that week they do the audit, technically they would report to whoever is in charge of the audit process.

Sounds to me this is one of those ISO fiefdom issues.

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