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Virtual Audits : COVID-19

Mis à jour : vendredi 17 avril 2020 13:24

GOTS has developed guidelines for GOTS Approved Certification Bodies who require to replace on-site audits by Virtual Audits (VAs) due to travel and meeting restrictions imposed by health authorities because the threat of infection and spread of COVID-19.

The latest version of the Guidelines Document that was developed after inputs from Approved Certifiers is available here. These guidelines will continue to be developed with new inputs from Certifiers so the latest version should be referred to in all cases.

The decision to conduct a Virtual Audit (VA) or not will remain with the Certifiers. 

More information :

Explanatory Note :  GOTS also prescribes Remote Audits under certain circumstances. These are desktop audits based on review documentation and does not require a meeting of auditor and auditee, in person or virtually.  VAs however will require a live interaction between the two parties, in addition to documentation review.

Further Documents:

GOTS Measures related to COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak (Extension of Scope Certificates, “Virtual Audits”) (Update as of 17 April 2020)

GOTS Measures related to COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak (Extension of Scope Certificates, “Virtual Audits”) (19 March 2020)