Alcumus ISOQAR, the leading UKAS accredited certification body, has introduced remote auditing. This means that organisations who either have, or are looking to implement, management systems like ISO 9001 Quality Management, ISO 14001 Environmental Management and ISO 45001 Occupational Health & Safety can still achieve certification.
Remote auditing is a radical departure from the usual approach which requires an Auditor to visit the site of the organisation being audited.
Helen Jones, MD of Alcumus ISOQAR explains: “This is in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s vital that organisations can still go ahead with getting their systems audited and maintaining their certification and so a new approach was needed. Remote auditing has been approved by UKAS in these exceptional circumstances.”
Remote audits are conducted over the phone, email and video chat platforms like Teams or Skype. ISOQAR has now conducted hundreds of remote audits and feedback from clients has been overwhelmingly positive, with many reporting the experience is just as thorough but more relaxed.
Helen Jones adds: “Now is an excellent time to think about implementing management systems, whether you are new to ISO standards or looking to add more certificates. It gives businesses a head start when things get back to normal. A good starting point is to get a copy of ISOQAR’s Building Success, a free guide to certification in the construction sector.”
The ISOQAR team is available to answer your questions about ISO certification on 0161 865 3699.