Frequently asked questions and answers
Impact of the pandemic on assessments
In which cases is DAkkS currently carrying out on-site assessments?
DAkkS carries out on-site assessments if all necessary precautionary measures can be observed and the framework conditions allow it to do so. DAkkS decides on a case-by-case basis whether an on-site assessment can take place.
In which cases is DAkkS currently using remote assessments?
DAkkS decides on a case-by-case basis whether an on-site assessment can take place or whether a remote assessment can be considered as an alternative. DAkkS uses remote assessments as part of its surveillance activities, including reassessments, and extensions where this is operationally and technically feasible.
What do conformity assessment bodies need to consider with regard to the implementation of remote assessments?
Under what conditions does DAkkS carry out on-site assessments?
DAkkS checks the feasibility of on-site assessment on the basis of a checklist that is sent to the body to be assessed as part of the assessment planning process. In general, the provisions of the German Infection Protection Act (vaccinated, recovered or tested negative) apply, as does compliance with the rules governing the wearing of face masks, as well as hygiene and social distancing rules.
What plans does DAkkS have for assessments abroad?
For assessments abroad, DAkkS again decides on a case-by-case basis whether on site assessment is possible – among other things on the basis of any restrictions on entry in place in the countries in question.
Impact of the pandemic on transition periods
Conversion to ISO 45001:2018, ISO 22000:2018, ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 22301:2019
For certification bodies in the areas of ISO 45001:2018, ISO 22000:2018, ISO 50001:2018 and ISO 22301:2019, the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) has made the transition easier. All conversion periods are being extended by six months.
The IAF’s decision is based on an answer to a question published by the IAF as part of its “Frequently Asked Questions Covid-19 Outbreak”. For the following certification standards, the new conversion deadlines are therefore as follows:
- ISO 45001:2018 – 30 September 2021
- ISO 22000:2018 – 31 December 2021
- ISO 50001:2018 – 20 February 2022
- ISO 22301:2019 – 30 April 2023
Information from DAkkS on working with the extended deadlines
DAkkS would like to point out that a document review is always required for the conversion and that supplementary remote audit techniques can be used, provided that the conditions set out in IAF ID 3, IAF MD 4 and IAF FAQ 5 are met by the certification body and the company. The annual surveillance audits or reassessments must be carried out independently of this. The extensions also apply to the relevant interim dates for each of the transitions (e.g. ISO 50001:2018). DAkkS will not be updating the transition instructions published on its website.
In the information published in its FAQs, the IAF has also confirmed that the binding application of the following IAF Mandatory Documents has now been extended in each case by six months:
- IAF MD 5:2019 – 7 November 2020
- IAF MD 17:2019 – 7 November 2020
- IAF MD 22:2019 – 7 November 2020