AFA’s shared audit scheme aim is twofold. On the one hand, optimize the cost of the audit by gathering multiple sponsors to audit a manufacturer significantly reduces the price of such audit for all customers. On the other hand, grouping several customers in one single audit reduces the pressure and internal cost of inspections to manufacturers.
AFA’s shared audit scheme comprises two types of shared audits:
1. AFAs annual plan (OAP) includes up to 60 audits around the world. This Plan is designed by AFA’s team in collaboration with our customers. The OAP is published before the end of each year to allow customers to plan ahead and contract all those inspections that will be needed for the following year. This shared audit plan allows you to acquire our most popular audits at the best price. If you require information about the audits included in this year’s OAP, please contact us.
2. For other audits, not included in our annual plan and under customer request, we will try to gather other sponsors in order to reduce their cost and minimize the inspection impact to the manufacturers. Under your request, we will communicate potential shared audits to our large pool of more than 500 customers. Once the number of sponsors is confirmed we will communicate final price and send formal quotes to all customers involved. If you need to audit a manufacturer not listed in our website or annual plan, do not hesitate to contact us and we will try to gather other sponsors and offer you the best rate.
Despite the limitations due to Covid-19, we have continued to provide audit services in different ways:
• One of these, is taking advantage of the large Audit Database Reports that allow in many cases covering the need of audit reports.
• Another is to resume face-to-face audits, in areas where it is already possible, through our team of local auditors around the world.
• We have been working in a method to adequately assess the risks derived from conducting a Remote audit. Based on a risk classification and a series of risk factors analyzed together, it enables the feasibility of remote auditing to be determined according to a 'Remote Audit Risk Index (RARI)'.
A decision can be stablished on whether:
1. The audit can be performed remotely with 100% validity.
2. The audit can be carried out remotely, but should be complemented by an on-site audit whenever possible.
3. The audit cannot be performed remotely.
This method has been contrasted with the Health Authorities to guarantee that the risk factors considered are aligned with their considerations in this regard.
This allow us today, planning and performing both audit types: remote and face-to-face.