I'm Kathryn, a long time Quality Manager in a quandary I've never been in until now. I need your help and advice please. We recently went through a third-party audit with a CB. We were given a draft report upon completion of the audit, with the understanding that the final report would come our way after peer review. We haven't seen the final list of NCs, but have received an email from the auditor advising that we would be receiving an expanded NC as the peer review indicated that this had been missed during the audit itself. I have always operated under the assumption that peer review judges the severity of the NC, and can raise or lower, eg from a Minor to a Major. My other take on peer review was that this allowed the CB to monitor the performance of individual auditors, and ensure there is consistency between them (what's the collective noun for auditors anyway?)
So, my question is, can the CB issue an expanded NC nearly 2 weeks after the audit exit meeting?
Thanks, and have a great day,