Q25: During the COVID-19 crisis, if a CAB conducts a part of the recertification of a management system with remote audit activities and plans to complete the remainder of the audit onsite within six months, is it possible to reissue the certificate at the conclusion of the remote audit activities?


  • If the CAB is not able to perform evaluation activities physically or when these cannot fully be replaced with evaluation activities as per IAF MD 4, then the normal scheduled recertification activities may be postponed for up to 6 months (see Q13)
  • A certificate can only be renewed if the CAB is able to evaluate all the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1 ( through a complete and effective audit of the client’s management system, followed by a successful review and decision making activities

Updated 14/05/2020