I am confused by the use of processes in the IATF standard. We passed our IATF 16949 audit, but our auditor hinted (can't consult) that we had way too many processes. He hinted that we could get by with only six or seven. It made it difficult for him because he had to enter metrics and audit results for each one. We had 30 processes, which I am more than happy to admit is a lot. However, when I look through the standard, I see requirements for a document drocess at least 18 times, ranging from Calibration to Supplier Selection. 4.4.1 states that "the organization shall determine the processes needed for the quality management system", but the standard already is determining 18 of the processes itself. When the standard states that we need a documented process for calibration, for example, does that mean that it must meet all of the requirements in 4.4.1? I assume their use of the word "process" instead of "procedure" is deliberate, but how do I reconcile this with my auditor who seems to indicate that 6 or 7 process are all that is necessary?