I haven't audited to the new std yet and I need to get started SOON! The problem I am having is not a conceptual understanding as much as how to organize it. Let me explain (Note - I was just promoted to the corp auditor position recently and I have only been with my company a year - I wasn't even in the quality function coming in the door so I am green as can be about this system!): I met with our 3rd party auditor a few weeks ago and it all seemed clear then! What he suggested to do was take a single product line from each of our SBU's (we have 3) and audit it from beginning to end (PO/contract review to shipping and everything in b/w) considering the process flow focus of 2000 and not to forget the details of 1994 requirements. His theory is that if I do that and a fourth audit later of Management Responsibility relative to the results of the first 3 audits, that I will have sample audited all processes and requirements and that would be our audit cycle for the year. Now, that sounds good, but when I am organizing and planning, I am envisioning a ton of checklists for each area within a single SBU (contract review, planning, procurement, configuration mgt, etc.). Then, after I have gone thru all of those, I take a look at each areas effectiveness in "meeting the requirements and goals" individually and relative to processes before and after that particular one. YYYIIIIKKKEESSS! Tell me I am making way too big of a deal out of this! Do you agree with my auditor's direction? Any other comments?