As part of an international effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 disease, we have suspended travel for all IAPMO personnel and will be accepting remote surveillance inspections during this challenging time in order to maintain compliance regarding evaluation reports.
We have included third party inspection agency's insights to ensure remote inspections are properly performed, particularly regarding the development of applicable and efficient methods to do so. Such remote inspections should be scheduled and completed per normal physical inspection schedule whenever possible.
We also realize this is a very fluid time and additional changes may be required moving forward with this temporary program.
While information collected as part of the remote inspections will vary, we also understand each Third-Party Inspection Agency under the ISO 17020 (Accreditation for Inspection Agencies) will be subject to their own audit and therefore are responsible to ensure adequate information is gathered. Information that is normally visually confirmed during a physical visit may require additional documentation to be provided.
The remote inspection may also include, but not be limited to, video conferencing (via Microsoft Teams, Face Time, WeChat, Line, Whatsapp, Skype, Zoom, etc.) and will likely be based on technology capabilities at each facility.
While IAPMO-UES understands that each inspection agency will have their own requirements for individual remote inspections, please don’t hesitate to contact UES personnel with any concerns or questions.
We believe it is our social responsibility to assist in flattening the curve. Once it is determined that it is safe for inspectors to travel, physical inspections should resume.
We thank you for your continuing support and understanding. These are certainly unique and trying times. If you have any questions, or simply would like to discuss this situation in more detail feel free to contact us at 909-472-4100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.