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EU 977-2020 remote inspections published

The EU commission have published the amended regulation  EU 977-2020 regarding remote inspections.

EU 977-2020 remote inspections

In summary, where access restrictions apply, this amendment:

  1. Allows CBs to perform the annual inspection of current low risk operations through document checks and/or using remote communication options – no particular requirements are described for the latter;
  2. Allows the above for higher risk operations, new applications and for granting retroactive conversion as long as a physical inspection is performed as soon as access restrictions are lifted. New applications may be certified before the on-site inspection takes place;
  3. Allows the sampling taking rate to be reduced from 5% to 2% for the year 2020;
  4. Allows the additional inspection rate to be reduced from 10% to 5% for the year 2020;
  5. Allows the unannounced inspection rate to be reduced from 10% to 5% for the year 2020;
  6. Certain allowances are made on completion of certificates of inspection up to September 30, 2020.

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