We had our transition audit last week and I had to wait a few days to cool off before posting this. I will start off by saying that we “passed” the audit with only 1 (one) issue that the “auditor” decided to let us “slide” on. What a freaking joke this audit was. The auditor was experienced auditor with over 25+ years of service under his belt (his words not mine – I thought he needed a bigger belt myself, but that’s a different story). He started off by asking who wrote the manual and procedures, and also saying that he dislikes consultants because they just write a mountain of stuff to make it look like they are doing something. He proceeded to go through the audit and say he didn’t like something and that we needed to change it. When asked if he could please state where his reasoning was coming from in the ISO/AS he would shoot back, it’s not in there you should have paid the money real auditors paid and then you would have known what they really wanted. (he was upset that I used several methods to understand and learn about the clauses and requirements, on-line, forums, webinars, reading the actual spec’s, Etc..) He stated that COTO logs are a waste of time, just say you evaluated the risk and it was ok. That you have to have 4 (four) core process in your manual, even though you aren’t required to have a manual. If you don’t have these every Auditor will fail you right off the bat. · Production / Inspection · Design and Development · Sales and Contract Review · Purchasing and Receiving He told us that our internal auditing was a major write up because it doesn’t meet the requirement. I have to add a photo of it. That we were doing our audits to the wrong thing, he said we should only be doing audits to 7 or 8 items only and the others were a waste of time. (I held my temper and tongue as he was going to pass us as long as I didn’t piss him off) He said since he only had a day and half for the transition audit he would let all this slide and when he comes out next time he “hopes” it all is done like he’s suggesting. And it went that way through the audit, I didn’t want to penalize the company by getting into it with this gentleman. I wanted to grab him by the ears and feed him the ISO9000:2015 spec page by page and the AS9100 Rev.D in bigger portions, Section by Section. He kept saying that we have to make sure that auditors don’t tell you what you need, I was really thinking that maybe I FORGOT to take my meds and it was me that was bat-shit crazy? When he would say that something was wrong and I would ask for the section or clause so that I could defend my position if a different auditor had a different interpretation of the rule, I would get the stay out of that it’s not in there. You need to just know what they want and I rely too much on the procedures and specifications.. The young manager that I am training to take over for me was eating it all up and was mad after the audit because I was “not prepared”. So that is why I sat at home drank Jägermeister, Fireball, and water and ate pizza over the weekend and didn't think of anything else.