I've been told that since the MR has responsibility for the entire quality system, the MR does not have the necessary independence when auditing any part of the system. Let's take a real example. Our site MR has overall responsibility for the quality system, including the lab quality system. The lab manager has direct responsibility for the lab. The MR is not involved in any supervisory role in the lab but does provide guidance to the lab as to conformance to various standards such as ISO 17025, ISO/TS16949, etc. Can the MR perform an internal audit of the lab?
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