Who interprets the rules laid out in the Procedures?

Practical considerations may require the expert judgement of the Independent Auditor during assessment, and lead to some deviation from the standard assessment criteria. Any judgement exercised by an auditor in this way will be clearly highlighted in the assessment feedback given. The Independent Auditor and the QAS may discuss generic rule interpretation during the audit, but not anything applicant-specific (unless explicit permission is given). The final decision is at the Independent Auditor’s discretion.