In our recent CB audit, we were issued few NC, all of which appeared to be interpretation of the auditor, as there were no real weight-age in them to our company. This impression was also shared by the auditor, however what was inferred from the open discussions had, it appeared that CB’s expected an audit output to have one or few NC. As we have many experts here from the CB, I felt to open this discussion here to understand what stance the CB takes and what guidelines are made to auditors. If a company QMS is steady and well performing, and changes managed to the depth and extent depending upon the effects of the change (5.4.2) are the auditors uncomfortable to give a clean slate to the company? In the disguise of continual improvement, are they directed to pick and give a few NC at least? When an auditor feels based on his background and experience, that some opportunities exist for improvement, are they directed to post a picked few into NC. Are they trained to see a risk to the extent of a NC, at every such stage where they expect that something will not be performed if it is not documented? Many of you seasoned auditors may be a new auditor to a well established company, which has been with your CB organization from long, and the audit trend shows good QMS establishment, with no NC in the last few years. If you also find the same, will you be comfortable to write a clean slate or are you expected that being a new auditor, you may have to search out for writing up a few NC.