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The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in the use of technology to conduct remote meetings and audits to evaluate compliance.

The time savings gained from the use of technology will mean this method will remain beneficial and favoured into the future by businesses.

Whether your workers have returned to the office, work from home or work on remote sites, now is a great time to get your business reconsidered under ISO. Read on to discover more about ISO certification and how to get your business remotely certified.

Why should organisations get ISO Certification?

ISO management systems give organisations insight into their productivity, which they can use to improve their processes for increased efficiency, minimising waste and reduce the number of errors and workplace compliance.

Becoming ISO certified helps to increase business opportunities and provides trust and confidence to your clients and stakeholders. It has many benefits including boosting product quality, credibility, recognition, and improved consistency.

The benefits of technology

Technology provides reduced disruptions to an organisation’s workflow. They free up resources onsite and boost efficiency by allowing audit teams to evaluate compliance from a distance.

Most companies appreciate the opportunity to conduct their audits remotely since Covid-19. They can improve time efficiency, decrease wait times, reduce risk, and provide a safe environment with limited entry of people into the workplace.

Remote electronic audits utilise secure cloud computing, image and document sharing, plus video conferencing tools provide a fast, responsive auditing process.

How can remote ISO Certification audits work?

Your preparation is vital to have a successful audit. This involves updating your existing management system, so you acquire the required tools and framework to implement and comply.

When you are ready for your certification audit an auditor will contact you.

A schedule will need to be organised and if relevant, remote audit authorised where auditors will expect you and your staff to attend the online meetings at the agreed times.

The auditor will lead the evaluation, which involves questions and document requests throughout the audit.

Interviews are held via a video conferencing tool, where images, data and documents are shared using a file-sharing app. In some situations, walkthroughs are also performed upon request.

Once the auditor has reviewed and evaluated everything, they will report any non-compliant areas that you will need to address and prepare a plan for future audits.

With the advances in technology, these days it is easy to conduct the entire certification audit remotely without any of your staff needing to be onsite or for the auditors to visit your office.

Advantages of PNP Audits

The PNP Group offer 12 month payment plans to assist organisations, so if you sign up now, your first payment won’t be until March 2022.

Contact our friendly expert team to help you prepare to start your journey to achieve ISO certification and how a remote audit may be the best approach for your company.