Cannon Quality Group Q&A: Remote Audits February 2021
February 2, 2021

Is there a need to revisit the audit contract to add some “requirements of remote auditing” language?

This depends on how detailed your contract is and your relationship with the supplier. If you have a contract with the supplier, they will need everything detailed in a contract to execute it. That being said, it never hurts to be clear on expectations and communicate prior to the audit so all are on board. It will definitely make for a much more efficient and effective audit. Whether that needs to be at the level of a contract is really up to you and the relationship you have with the supplier.

Has anyone had an auditor ask for verification or validation of the platform (e.g., Zoom, Teams) they are using for remote auditing?

We have not seen that yet to date. However, it would be important to flush through that thought process, e.g., what is the risk and regulation that is of concern. Then you can be ready for a conversation or prepared with how you addressed it.

Are you seeing the same amount of time spent on a remote audit compared to an on-site audit, aside from travel of course?

Right now because of logistics and working in a remote world, the audits are taking twice as long as an in person one. Remote audits will definitely get faster as we improve and get used to the new approach in the industry. We have seen a direct impact on the amount of time making them faster, more efficient and more effective than in person in some cases.

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