Vaccinations are on the rise, restaurants are opening back up, and mask mandates are lifting. It seems like the world is finally returning to something that resembled the old normal. But for many auditing bodies, remote audits are still available and encouraged.
BRCGS is a leading brand and consumer protection organization, used by more than 30,000 certificated suppliers in more than 130 countries. Their international network of accredited certification groups issues certifications, guaranteeing the standardization of quality and safety.
BRCGS is now offering blended audits. BRCGS also offers certificate extensions for up to six months with a risk assessment and review, which can be a nice buffer but not a cure-all. Remote assessments are still available but not benchmarked by GFSI. Remote audits include a video audit of your facility's production and storage areas in addition to reviewing your company's internal audit results and documentation.
A remote or blended audit is no less daunting than a traditional in-person one, maybe even more so because it's unlike any other audit your company has experienced. Here are BRCGS’ top three tips for a successful blended audit.
Top Three Tips for Remote or Blended BRCGS Audits
1. Be Prepared
With a remote or blended audit, the auditor will be conducting a thorough pre-audit review of your company’s documentation. Therefore, take special care to understand pre-audit submissions and understand the process and expectations to prepare for any inevitable question. Your auditor will require specific documentation to be uploaded to a document portal both before the audit and if have additional questions.
2. IT Compatibility Check
Ensure in advance that your company’s IT is compatible with BRCGS’ systems and have your tech team on-hand throughout the audit to quickly tackle any technology issues that crop up. As always, you want to respect the auditor’s time and proactively address any roadblocks.
3. Test Your Tech
Perform a dry run. Ensure you can connect with BRCGS’ systems, test your wifi connection, have a wired connection on-hand, practice using the live stream platform chosen, and make sure there’s no background noise in the area you’ll be using.
Practice makes perfect. Treat your audit as a carefully choreographed dance - everyone on your team should know their part and feel comfortable with the technology and the material the audit will cover. For remote and blended audits, there’s no such thing as being over-prepared.
Still looking for more tips and tricks for a successful audit? Our BRCGS checklist points you in the right direction and ensures you don’t miss critical first steps. Download the checklist here.