Q22: Could time duration for closure of Non Conformities be prolonged taken into consideration the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, what will be the mechanism / procedure and who is responsible for decision making?

A22: Yes, If it is not possible to perform evaluation activities to effectively close the nonconformities (physically or as per IAF MD4: 2018), and if the conditions recommended by IAF ID3: 2011 are satisfied, closure of nonconformities could be prolonged. However, the postponement of any conformity assessment activity (e.g. surveillances, recertification) can only be postponed for up to 6 months in accordance with FAQ 10.