Good Morning, I have a question concerning BRC 3.4 and ISO 4.14
Internal audits shall be carried out by appropriately trained, competent auditors. Auditors shall be independent (i.e. not audit their own work).
ISO 4.14 Such audits shall be carried out by trained and qualified personnel who are, wherever
resources permit, independent of the activity to be audited.
As the QA Manager, I do not do any tasks the QA Technicians do and QA Technician don't do what I am doing. I asked the BRC Internal Auditor trainer if I could audit the QA Technicians and she said that I would not be independent. On the other side, I asked the ISO17025 Internal Auditor Trainer and he said that I can audit the QA Technicians. The trainer need to be qualified, which means that they must have some laboratory knowledge. Many SOP are internlink and reflect both BRC and ISO requirements. If I do the audit, BRC might say I am not independent, but as per ISO, I am the only one that could do the audit.
I also have another concern, I don't think that other department will want or take the time to do proper audits.
What are your thoughts?