Those customers with annual assessments due prior to 1st October 2020 are encouraged to contact their Assessment Manager to begin discussions about the best way to conduct their assessment remotely.

To reduce risks associated with conducting on-site assessments, the following applies:

  • On-site assessments will be for the minimum time necessary, with as many aspects of the assessment as possible being conducted remotely;
  • All necessary PPE must be available and all necessary safety precautions in place, based on a risk assessment of the activity to be performed;

So in summary we think this move will encourage the use of remote audits in the future specially where their is a documentation review.

The positives of the remote work is impacts to the environment with reduced travel and costs. Auditors can be utilised at a wide range of locations and not limited to geographic area.

How will certification Bodies handle the change?