Q34: Can Accreditation Bodies carry out consecutive assessments during the COVID lockdown period using remote techniques? ISO/IEC 17011 states in 7.9.3 “The time between consecutive on-site assessments shall not exceed 2 years. However, if the accreditation body determines that an on-site assessment is not applicable, it shall use another assessment technique to achieve the same objective as the on-site assessment being replaced and justify the use of such techniques (e.g. remote assessment).” Therefore is it correct that the AB can justify using alternative techniques in this situation?

A34: Yes, considering the current restrictions on travel it would be a suitable justification, subject to risk assessment, to use remote techniques in consecutive assessments within a 2 year period.