The key changes in this new version are: 

  • Extension of the validity of the derogation to end December 2021 (in alignment with other COVID derogations) 

  • Permitting Stage II audits (for certificate holders with a ‘medium’ risk assessment) to be done either as surveillance audits, or, where on-site surveillance audits are not possible due to health/travel restrictions, undertake Stage II/surveillance audits as permitted for surveillance audits in DER-2020-001 

  • Removing the requirement for CBs to do quarterly reporting to FSC of the Certificate holders using the derogation 

The full COVID Policy responses can be downloaded here.