I’m quality manager for R&D department and have several persons as Software Quality Assurance for our software development process. My question is can I act as Internal Auditor to audit the compliance of ISO 9001: 2015 requirements and the software development process execution?
Let’s look at this differently. Say you are the quality manager and have several persons doing final product testing in a test lab. Clearly you are not impartial – you have a responsibility of the persons doing the testing. Since you cannot be impartial, you cannot act as the internal auditor or even be on the auditing team.