Remote Audits – whenever and wherever you need them
Digital technology is having a profound impact on Quality Management and offers new opportunities to certification bodies and their clients. A logical use of digital technologies are Remote Audits, which are an already established audit method and not a separate type of audit. However, the authors of ISO 19011 do not rank remote audits the same as on-site audits. Rather, remote audits are one of several methods that can be easily integrated into audit planning.
Remote audits are the same audits that are conducted on site. They go over the same processes and procedures, but they utilize CCAT (Computer Assisted Auditing Techniques) to conduct the interviews, document review, tours and more. In some cases, the audit can be fully remote while others are split between remote and on-site.
„Audits can be conducted on site, remotely or a combination of both. The use of these methods should be appropriately balanced, based, inter alia, on consideration of the risks and opportunities involved.”
Benefits of Remote Audits
- No travel costs
- More flexibility in planning without the need to account for travel time
- Multi-site organizations can be audited jointly without unnecessary repetition
- Minimize disruption to the organization
Do you want to know more about remote audits and how to get ready for your own remote audit?
Our White-Paper gives you more information about Principles, Requirements, Risks and Opportunities.
To find the best solution for your company, please contact the DQS office nearest you.