Normally Quality management is responsible for conducting self inspections of the firm. Depending upon the size and structure of the organization, Quality management may subdivide into specific functions like Audit&Compliance, validations team etc.
Pl.note that, under any circumstances the auditee should have sufficient functional knowledge on the area auditing and independent of the area he is auditing.
[quote=admin]It really doesn’t matter what you are going to call the department, QA or Compliance. In smaller organizations, you would typically find QA Auditor, in larger-compliance auditor.
What’s important to keep in mind is the independence of the auditor from day to day operations. Also, there should be another body to audit the auditors.
Quality Assurance is typically responsible for product release (and other stuff), while Quality Auditor is responsible for ensuring that the company complies with all applicable regulations.
Typically, you would want to see the auditor directly reporting to a high level VP or President in smaller companies. Again, in day to day operations or in the reporting company hierarchy, there should be no conflict of interest.