The current COVID-19 outbreak is having a profound impact around the world. NEPCon is taking the situation very seriously and we are committed to taking all necessary actions in order to protect health and lives.
We are following the situation closely and briefing staff continually to ensure appropriate measures are implemented throughout the organisation to safeguard against the impacts of the virus.
While some of our offices have been closed due to national lock down, our staff has been asked to work from home wherever possible in order to proceed with the delivery of our services and projects as efficiently as the current situation allows. We have paused our training courses until the end of May 2020.
We have also given careful consideration on how we can best protect the integrity and credibility of the certification systems we work with during this time. We invite all clients, partners and stakeholders to collaborate with us on ensuring this.
A risk-based approach to audits
NEPCon is using a risk-based approach to determine appropriate measures for planned audits in each country, or, if relevant, region. Depending on the specific risk assessment, NEPCon may conduct on-site audits with comprehensive additional safety measures or substitute on-site audits with partially or fully remote audits, if the scheme in question allows it.
We are in contact with relevant certification scheme directives on this matter and our staff will be in touch with all clients who have audits planned in the coming months.
We realise that the situation can change rapidly and are constantly monitoring developments to update the risk level and adjust procedures if needed.
Read our full Policy on Auditing during COVID-19 Outbreak, including a guide to our risk classification, here.
We ask certification clients to contact their usual local NEPCon representative directly for any questions related to planned audits. If you are unsure about your representative, please visit our Contacts page.