Using remote technology, assessment audits were completed by LR auditors based offsite, working alongside on-the-ground audit experts, to gather information and evidence required in compliance with FSSC Scheme Annex 9.
As food standard owners including FSSC 22000 Foundation, BRCGS and IFS allow now remote assessment as part or all of the approved audit process. This success highlights the benefits remote technology can bring to ensure continuity of compliance despite challenging circumstances.
LR Corporate Account Director, Enrico Memmo, said: “Using a mixture of onsite and offsite auditing capabilities, food businesses can maintain their certification schedules even where there are access issues. Certification is a license to trade – and without it, manufacturers may face problems selling products to buyers.
“The benefit of audits delivered this way is that it helps overcome many barriers to traditional auditing. Not just the restrictions to accessing sites in person due to COVID-19 which is still a massive issue but also in countries where there is economic or political volatility which increases safety risks for auditors. Or remote auditing may be preferred because it’s more environmentally friendly – and business around the world are working hard to reduce their carbon footprint. Plus, it minimises the organisation needed to bring lots of people to one location on one day – instead, multiple attendees can join online. It’s simply a method of delivery – we’re still auditing to the same, well known, industry-leading standards and the outcomes are the same.”
The certification success comes following LR’s recent appointment last summer as a certification provider to one of the world's largest food manufacturer’s for Quality, Food Safety, Safety, Health and Environment.
LR works with more than 35,000 clients in the food sector, including providing training with online learning and blended courses.