Can we be audited to the 'Notes' scattered throughout ISO9001?

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Wallybaloo

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I did an Edit/Find on all the topics under ISO 9001/4:2000 and couldn't find the word 'notes' anywhere so I think I'm OK in starting a new topic.

Simple question: In the 1994 version I was always told that I could not be audited to the content of the notes scattered throughout the standard. Is this the same in the 2000 version? While I don't see much that would cause me concern, I'd like to know what the letter of the law is.

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David Mullins

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Since the Notes in the DIS 2000 version generally state CAN and MAY, they are for guidance. Some, however, are quite clear that they are translating the requirement (dare I say intent), 4.2 Note 1 is a good example where the NOTE is telling you exactly what "documented procedure" means. Ignore that one, and you're toast!

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James D. McLarty

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I know of at least one registrar that audits to the notes. It is a good idea to ask the registrar their practise re "notes" before you contract them to work for you (Contract Review).

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