organization or person requesting an audit
NOTE 1 In the case of internal audit, the audit client can also be the auditee or the person managing the audit programme. Requests for external audit can come from sources such as regulators, contracting parties or potential clients.
NOTE 2 Adapted from ISO 9000:2005, definition 3.9.7
Source: ISO 19011:2011 (E) – Guidelines for auditing management system. Global Standards