A Remote Audit is the process by which a QMS Auditor can conduct your annual surveillance audit offsite, using email and other resources to view and audit the necessary documentation.
A Remote audit is available to any certified organisation entering their second year of certification.
It is recommended that Remote Audits are booked, no more than once every two years and they should only be arranged if the preceding audit was awarded either a grade 1 or 2 pass (please refer to the audit report).
Clients that received a grade 3 Audit in the preceding year are recommended to arrange an onsite surveillance audit. This is because the auditor will be able to provide you with advice and guidance on those areas that require rectification or improvement.
If you are unsure what evidence to supply, please contact the Remote Audit Department by calling 01603 967753. Alternatively, we have included a few examples below:
In order to successfully complete the surveillance audit via our remote audit process, the following actions will need to take place:
The remote audit will be agreed with the QMS Booking Department, providing the qualifying criteria has been met.
An email will be issued from the QMS Booking Department outlining the evidence your organisation needs to provide.
You will need to collate the required evidence and return this to the Remote Auditing team within 30 days (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org). NOTE: Please only send copies of your documentation, not originals.
Once the evidence is received by the Remote Audit Department, one of our experienced Auditors will be notified to complete the Remote Audit and produce a report of their findings.
The audit report will be emailed to you and the IRQAO register will be updated to show the appropriate audit grade.
If you fail to supply evidence in the set period or the evidence you supply does not meet the requirements of ISO 14001 : 2004, you will be notified and allocated a rectification period. If, after this period, you still fail to meet the requirements of the Standard your ISO Certification will be suspended and the IRQAO register updated to show this. It is important to note that a certificate suspension can impact on your reputation and reduce the probability of success on any existing tender applications.