A33: it depends on the situation and the associated risks.
- 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 (18.104.22.168) through a complete and effective audit of the client’s management system, followed by a successful review and decision making activities
A23: If witnessing cannot be delayed, instead of observing a CAB carrying out conformity assessment services, an Accreditation Body may either :
- use other mechanisms (office assessment activities or other assessment activities IAF MD17, § 2.2.1) to assess the scope of accreditation.
- or maintain the scope of accreditation providing that the witnessing assessment shall still be conducted immediately once it is possible.
A21: Yes, following what was already clarified in Q5.
A19: Yes, provided that the remote audit being observed can fully replace physical audit.
A17: No, a certificate can only be issued if the CAB is able to evaluate all the applicable requirements of ISO/IEC 17021-1 (22.214.171.124 Stage 1 and 126.96.36.199 Stage 2) through a complete and effective audit of the client’s management system, followed by a successful review and decision making activities. However, this could change for specific schemes.
A16: Yes, if all the points listed in § 2.2.4 of IAF MD2:2017 and any issues arising from the document review, for example major nonconformities (2.2.2) can be evaluated remotely. However, this could change for specific schemes.