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Essential Steps to Prepare for a Remote Audit: Be Prepared

Vijay Tiwari

Vijay Tiwari

Last updated 01/02/2024

Essential Steps to Prepare for a Remote Audit: Be Prepared

Times are flying. You need me to state that once more? 

The new condition we are presently living in has affected our Quality Management industry. Now, working from home is the new normal. Fortunately, our industry has adapted consistently to assist organizations with continuing to offer various types of assistance and items around the globe. Simultaneously additionally keeping our ISO certificate valid. 

Although there was no particular standard against it, directing an ISO certification audit or, potentially, any ISO internal audit, was not warmly grasped by the business. Nevertheless, current circumstances are driving organizations to reexamine and do things any other way. Numerous people accept that auditors can't generally be exhaustive when they are not in front of documents, an auditee, or a gathering of individuals. In any case, auditors can perform audits remotely and still be intensive. 

Before planning an online audit, you have to know the Benefits and Disadvantages of a remote ISO audit. After perusing these, choose if far-off reviews fit your business. If it does, at that point, proceed onward to our 5-stage guide to prepare for the ISO audit.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Remote Audit


  • Waste less time and center into audit mode faster 

At the point when an auditor goes nearby, occupy the time. Asking how you are, going into the meeting room, or getting PC's or tech set up requires some investment. 

  • Review of the process thoroughly

Auditors will request your reports. They will review your archives outside of the audit, either to get ready for the auditor to guarantee the records coordinate what they saw or heard during the audit. 

  •  Cost decrease 

Performing the web audit will diminish the expense of travel expenses and even that lunch that you give to your auditors. 


  • It is simpler to miss physical issues 
  • For instance, the auditor may miss seeing an adjustment sticker or seeing a possible environmental or security issue in the organization. 
  • Your records may be excessively reviewed
  • The auditors may be centered very long around record redlining as opposed to keeping an eye on process effectiveness. 
  • Paper-dependent frameworks will require more consideration 
  • On the off chance that you don't have the electronic records, at that point, you should filter them, take pictures, and send it to the auditors. 

Presently, after checking on these, I am certain some of you are eager to plan your far-off audit, but some won't be prepared for that. 

For the people who are prepared to bounce into a remote audit, here are five favorable tips to prepare for a forthcoming remote audit:

5 Steps to be ready for remote audits

1. Get ready for your remote audit. What tools would we utilize?

  • As usual, you have to attempt to control the audit, so be proactive and select the online meeting application that you like or that your organization is right now utilizing (for example, Zoom, Webex, GoTo Meeting, Google Hangouts, Skype, Teams, and so on.) 
  • On the off chance that the auditors give an instrument to be utilized, go to it, download the application to your PC, and test it. Ensure it works inside your organization or framework and that you can explore it. You should show others in your organization how to utilize it. 
  • Be open to utilizing "video" for video conferences. 
  • Ensure the PC microphone and sound work. 
  • Ensure that people practice sharing their archives on the internet, filtering them if necessary, and taking pictures or expertise to share their screen. 
  • Have a plan B should your web come up short or the first conference application isn't working, for example, FaceTime, WhatsApp, and so on. 
  • Be adaptable. 
  • Each auditor has various preferences or dislikes, so normally the audit will feel extraordinary, so be prepared for that.

2. Prepare your documents 

  • Do you have every one of your documents and records? Make it simple for your auditor to recognize what documents and records are out there. This will likewise assist you with keeping things sorted out. 
  • Check with each process owner to guarantee their archives and documents are open and simple to recover when requested. Try not to let the auditor stand by excessively long.

3. Prepare your process owners; audit their cycle 

  • Has anything changed in their cycle? 
  • Do they have Key performance markers? Assuming this is the case, what are they, and how are they matching their arrangements? 
  • Do their records truly show what they do? 
  • Do they have recruits?

 4. Ensure all your corrective action are finished 

  • You have to know whether your corrective actions are finished. If they are not, at that point, ensure you have a valid justification to keep them open. If they are closed, audit a couple to ensure they were done suitably. 
  • Above all, was the confirmation of effectiveness worthy? Could this issue happen once more?

     Reward Tip

  • If you have played out your scheduled management audit, at that point, don't feel compelled to have another gathering. Anyway, it may be a smart thought to have a concise meeting that, in any event, covers how the business is responding to the COVID-19 emergency. 
  • Ensure your organization is locked in or focused on the structure; if not, what would you be able to do to cause them to focus on it?
  • Quality objectives are forward-thinking and consider how the objects may be influenced. 
  • A review shows that all the information necessities are there. 

If you truly investigate our 5 hints, you will see as of now that 2–5 are leveled out because it is your specialty to prepare for a normal on-location review. The main difference is

#1. So accept our recommendation to make your remote audit reviews go smoothly.

Certification bodies are now contacting clients and relying upon their areas and neighborhood work limitations they are planning remote reviews in like manner. Uncovered as a top priority that a few audits may be finished incompletely and a segment of the audit can be mentioned to be finished nearby at a suitable time. Subsequently, as you get ready for the online audit do ask what are the process and how special cases will be taken care of. Certification bodies are ready to work with every one of their clients to keep up their separate certificate active/dynamic.

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About Author

He is one of the first writers of our NovelVista blogs. During his years as a DevOps professional, he has achieved 5 certifications including ITIL4 Expert, DevOps Master, PRINCE2 Practitioner, PMP Certified, Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. Besides being an expert in DevOps & Automation Implementation, GAP Analysis, Automation Tools, Git, Docker, Jenkin, Process Definition, Implementation, Compliance, Quality Assurance, and Program Governance he has a keen interest in penning down his knowledge in an interesting way to keep the audiences glued.



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