The AIBD staff had a seamless one and half days Virtual Audit on 2 and 3 September 2021 in preparation for UKAS Management System Recertification. Certification for ISO 9001:2015 was received in 2018 and AIBD had successfully went through 2 years of Surveillance Audit to maintain her ISO standards in her Management System.
This Recertification Audit visit was conducted virtually via remote zoom platform due to Movement Control Order (FMCO/EMCO/RMCO) from 1/06/2021 until further notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. It was an exciting new experience in spite of all the lockdown constraints. The methods of remote audit included video calls with auditor, documents shared through email / WhatsApp by client and review of documentation and records. The use of ICT in remote auditing activities contributed to the effectiveness of the audit in achieving the desired objectives. The structure of the remote audit was in accordance with the audit plan.
The remote audit covered AIBD’s Quality Management systems and its core activities in Training, Consultancy, Publication, Content Production, Conference and Workshop organisations. As an inter-governmental organisation and an international institute for capacity building, the twelve staff of AIBD had been continuously working very hard to be in compliance with ISO 9001:2015. The AIBD staff had to endure a few tireless months to complete the Internal Audit which was conducted virtually too, as a perquisite for the recertification audit to be conducted on due time.
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This article was published in IEE-BTS. By Ms Philomena Gnanapragasam and