We are audited by our certification body on a 3 year cycle (year 1 - recertification , years 2 & 3 - surveillance). This year we will have a recertification audit which will begin a new 3 year cycle. I know that within one of the 3 year cycles, if the auditors issues a noncomformity, and then finds the same type nonconformity in a different year, it can be reissued as a major nonconformity. My question is since we are beginning a new 3 year cycle, if the auditors were to find the same type of nonconformity that was found in the previous 3 year cycle, can it still be reissued as a major, or does this practice only apply within the same 3 year practice? I tried to find information on this in the IATF Rules for achieving and maintaining IATF recognition book, but didn't have any luck.