With the Covid-19 pandemic regrettably continuing its highly disruptive impact across many parts of the world, IIOC members continue to serve their customers through the use of remote tools.
The safety of all those involved in auditing, customers and audit teams alike, remains the paramount consideration. As important is conforming with local and national rules and travel restrictions. These two factors confirm the vital contribution of remote auditing continuing to maintain the validity of customers’ certificates.
Backed up by the accreditation community’s collaborative efforts, including their own use of remote techniques, for example with accreditation assessments, the efficacy and robustness of the auditing activities remains in place.
IIOC members will continue to work as hard as they can to ensure audits are delivered safely, robustly and effectively, ensuring customers, clients and all other stakeholders continue to be served. IIOC members will also provide on-site audits wherever and whenever they can, as different geographies allow this.
The information below provides more details about remote auditing from each of the IIOC members. All of the IIOC members would be pleased to assist with any questions about remote auditing, especially from their customers.
ABS QE runs through their approaches to remote auditing, how it works and the types of audits that can be carried out.
Bureau Veritas highlights how remote audits are conducted and the steps involved in the remote audit processes.
DEKRA provides a range of information, including: the approach taken and the standards where it is offered; ‘the future of auditing‘ explains the different options available (also available as a white paper); video of remote auditing.
Intertek introduces remote audits as a means of saving time, travel and expense, while improving audit reports.
SAI Global provides information including: remote auditing explanation and benefits, a remote auditing FAQ, crisis management tools and resources, virtual training and a video for clients showing how to prepare for and conduct a remote audit.
SGS spells out how certifications across many standards and schemes can be maintained with remote auditing solutions, information on how remote audits work and video of SGS’ Remote Audit Capabilities.
TÜV SÜD demonstrates when remote auditing can be done, how it works, also covering data protection and confidentiality matters.