Sedex has created its own remote audit program
Sedex has created a remote audit program called Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA).
DQS CFS staff were involved in the working group.
Sedex Virtual Evaluation is a due diligence tool that the auditor uses to remotely evaluate performance through video conferencing. This provides a practical alternative when a SMETA audit cannot take place.
The Sedex virtual appraisal is coordinated with SMETA, with the aim of giving as much idea as possible about the working conditions at the appraisal site. After a stage of careful planning, the auditors conduct a virtual tour of the assessment site using video technology, as well as check management systems and documentation.
On the Sedex Virtual Assessment (SVA) website, you can learn how SVA works, how you can use SVA, and information about the fee for entering information.
- SVA is not a SMETA audit. While SVA is consistent with SMETA, it is a tool of due diligence to ensure maximum remote information about the conditions of the assessment site.
- SVA may not be suitable for every site. DQS determines whether the place of assessment meets the established criteria, such as a good WiFi connection, type of work, available room for interviews, etc.
- Customers should ensure that their customers accept SVA instead of SMETA audit due to the COVID-19 situation.
- The remote audit report is uploaded to Sedex Advance and must follow SMETA processes. Database fees apply.
- Auditors for the use of SVA undergo distance training in auditing – this is part of the DQS SVA program for Sedex.