Due to the current situation with COVID-19, some inspections are taking place remotely, while we implement a safe approach to the delivery of physical inspections in line with Government and HSE guidance
For inspections that are due in the coming months
Your inspector will be in contact with you to arrange the appropriate scheme remote audit of your business.
Remote/desk based inspections are now applicable for certain schemes; this is dependent on your business activity and the certification you are applying for.
For Food and Drink applicants
In order to progress your application, we will be carrying out elements of your application inspection remotely. This will involve a documentary review and risk assessment with one of our inspectors to assess if a physical inspection will be able to take place.
We have implemented a safe approach to the delivery of physical inspections in line with Government and HSE guidance. This is be based on a risk assessment to establish where we are able to carry out a physical inspection. For Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland we will need to be aware of differing geographic restrictions that may be in place.
Please get in touch for further information with regards to your application.
What can I expect from a remote audit?
Your inspector will contact you to arrange a date and time for an inspection opening meeting where they will go through the documents required.
You will be sent a confirmation email for the opening meeting with a Dropbox link – this will enable you to submit copies of any requested documents in a secure way.
The opening meeting will be set up with technology that is appropriate for your audit, this may include skype, phone, email etc.
The inspector will outline the specific records they will need you to submit and will set up the relevant audits for your scheme (input/output, traceability, production to sales etc).
You will agree a timescale for submission of the records and confirm a date for a closing meeting where the inspector will share any findings from your inspection. You will then receive a copy of the inspection report and the Action Summary Form.
Where the inspector isn’t able to verify compliance to standards, this will be detailed in the report and flagged for review when we are able to safely undertake physical inspections once again. These inspections will be prioritized according to risk level and will focus on areas that were not able to be verified during the remote documentary review