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IOAS Assessment and Surveillance and Coronavirus COVID-19

In summary, IOAS will proceed with assessments as scheduled whenever possible, and have moved to conducting remote audits where necessary due to travel restrictions. In cases where a remote audit is not possible, there may be the option to complete the assessment by desk review. Operator visits are being rescheduled for later in the year as needed. CB update reports should be submitted as usual, per the timeframes communicated by your Client Manager.

IOAS is providing for client CBs a summary of Scheme requirements on certification and surveillance by CBs during COVID-19 pandemic. IOAS CBs – please ensure you are logged in as a client to see all the scheme owner document links above. If for any reason you are concerned about the effect of COVID-19 on your assessment activity in 2020, please reach out to your Client Manager to discuss options.

IOAS Policies referred to:

2020-01 IOAS surveillance and COVID 19_Oct_1

IOAS CB emergency measures requirements

PL0510 Policy-on-special-situations (Previously Policy on dangerous situation)

PL0522 Emergency exceptions

Further to the above all CB’s should have their own policies in place and be able to make them available to IOAS on request as well as maintain records of the surveillance activities undertaken. The International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has released guidance to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 epidemic on certification and accreditation bodies.

IAF ID3 2011 Management of Extraordinary Events or Circumstances

IAF MD4 Mandatory document on use of information and communication technology for auditing and assessment purposes. 

IAF ID 12 2015 Principles on Remote Assessment

IAF Frequently Asked Questions – COV-ID-19 Outbreak

More information on Remote inspections can be found on our Remote inspection Webinar page.

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