Given the outbreak of COVID-19 and the related travel restrictions, we have received reports that certification bodies are unable to conduct on-site audits. In such a case, where there is a demonstrated security risk, on-site audits can be replaced by desk-audit, as an exceptional event.

This applies to on-site audits in regions with corona virus-related security risks, as defined in official security warnings, and where a desk audit can credibly be conducted. Additionally, a justification for replacing an onsite audit with a desk audit must be included in the audit report.

Additional information can be found in the FSC derogation (FSC-DER-2020-001). This derogation is valid to 31 December.