Guide for Remote Audits / Responsible Audits ™ for quality managers and auditors published as paperback and e-book March 25, 2021, Munich: Remote Audits or Responsible Audits ™ will in future be an indispensable part of the world of auditing, as they provide an efficient and resource-saving method of auditing. With his book “Remote Audit – …
March 25, 2021,
Munich: Remote Audits or Responsible Audits ™ will in future be an indispensable part of the world of auditing, as they provide an efficient and resource-saving method of auditing. With his book “Remote Audit – From Planning to Implementation”, Dr. Roland Scherb is now bringing a structured guide onto the market that serves as a working basis for auditors, quality managers and other decision-makers on the company side.
Remote audits are no longer a vision of the future. Special requirements for virtual remote audits have existed since 2010 and are constantly being adapted. Since the outbreak of the corona pandemic, the use of remote audits has increased steadily and many companies have therewith discovered valuable advantages and new perspectives. Remote audits can be a very good alternative to traditional on-site audits, but only if the preparation and implementation are appropriately qualified.
The author, Dr. Roland Scherb, today a management consultant from Munich, has been an auditor since 1994 and carried out the first “remote audit” back in 2005 with the help of a telephone spider. In 2017, he and his company, PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung GmbH, were one of the very first to develop a software that made it possible to carry out fully remote audits using data glasses. The constantly evolving software, iVision®, is now also on the market for all commercially available mobile devices and is very popular with customers.
“Remote Audits or Responsible Audits™ are becoming more and more important and, especially in the past year, have seen a huge leap due to contact and travel restrictions,” says author, Dr. Roland Scherb, “but I have noticed that many of those involved need clarification, how to prepare Remote Audits and how to use them correctly. Therefore, I have written a general guide to help carry out remote audits. “
As a long-standing, internationally active auditor, Dr, Roland Scherb documents the current state of affairs with his book. He goes into the necessary requirements in a compact form, discusses the advantages and disadvantages and gives the readers tips from his practical experience that can be implemented immediately.
About the book
In the book, readers will first find a detailed introduction to the subject with an overview of the various forms of remote audits as well as their opportunities and risks. The next chapter deals in more detail with the role of the auditor, as well as the general principles of remote audits and their competencies.
Followed by all steps of remote audits, which are examined in detail: from the prerequisites, the audit plan, the correct preparation and implementation to the follow-up. Afterwards the reader finds a detailed practical example and an interesting cost comparison between a classic on-site audit and a remote audit.
The book is available as paperback and e-Book in German and English from Amazon.
Im Webinar zeigt Dr. Roland Scherb, langjähriger Auditor und Geschäftsführer der Firma PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung GmbH, anhand eines praktischen Beispiels, welche Anforderungen Remote Audits stellen sowie welche Vorteile generiert werden können.
Dabei werden allerdings auch ganz klar die Grenzen der Anwendungsmöglichkeiten und die damit vorhandenen Risiken aufgezeigt. Nach einem interessanten Referat von 30 Minuten steht Ihnen Dr. Scherb weitere 15 Minuten für Ihre Fragen zur Verfügung.
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PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung GmbH is one of the world’s leading pacesetters in the field of quality management, whose origins go back to 1991. The company has been based in Baldham since 2011 and has a representative office in Munich. PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung advises, tests and evaluates high quality in order to support customers in the implementation of their management systems. They also offers audits, QM trainings, seminars and workshops.
The in-house, innovative software iVision® – Smart Remote Audit Solution has been on the market since January 2016 and was replaced by an improved version in December 2020. The founder and owner Dr. Roland Scherb is an auditor, consultant, trainer and author. He works closely with universities and research institutions and teaches as a lecturer and is also a speaker at the TÜV-Süd Academy.
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Remote audit solution from PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung GmbH The iVision® software of PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (Management Consultancy) GmbH (LLC) from Munich makes it possible to perform the entire auditing process – which means more than just the use of an existing communication software – from afar. Audits are continually on the rise within companies, and that entails higher …
The iVision® software of PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (Management Consultancy) GmbH (LLC) from Munich makes it possible to perform the entire auditing process – which means more than just the use of an existing communication software – from afar.
Audits are continually on the rise within companies, and that entails higher efforts on the part of coworkers and auditors, and it also leads to additional costs. Dr. Roland Scherb from Baldham near Munich has developed an innovative solution together with his management consultancy, PeRoBa in order to make sure that auditing processes will remain as easy and inexpensive as possible.
The auditing topic is becoming more and more important both for auditees and audit initiators. That is also due to legal and regulatory requirements, among other things.
The requirements based on different standards constitute supplements to that. They are mainly based on DIN EN ISO 9001:2015, which gets relatively quickly supplemented by IATF/16949 right up to 14001:2015 on environmental protection.
Remote auditing solutions may very well gain more significance, especially when it comes down to the areas of safety, security, and data privacy, for instance pursuant to ISO 27001.
The target group for remote audits is varied. There are different possibilities and scenarios for actually applying them. Often times, the expression “auditing tourism” gets used at the premises of suppliers, which means that audits are taking place almost weekly over there. Efforts at suppliers’ premises can be significantly reduced through remote audits.
They will also provide assistance when, for instance, a specialist needs to participate during part of an audit. In this manner, the entire traveling time to the auditing location and back can be saved, and complete participation in the audit is no longer necessary either, which entails further savings.
Remote audits may also be used during customary control audits, and the expenditure of time is not as intense as during a complete audit either, especially due to the traveling time saved.
Remote audits based on the iVision® software can be used in all the aforementioned cases, and they may be utilized in plenty of sectors and industries as well. At present, the main clients hail from the automotive & industrial sectors, from logistics & transportation, pharma & medicine as well as from skilled crafts and trades as well as from services. The software is excellently suitable for small and medium-sized companies in particular. It can be used on all commercially available smartphones and tablets. In areas where the parties to be audited need both hands, e.g. in manufacturing and logistics, the iVision® software may be utilized with the aid of data glasses.
iVision® Remote Audit is a software solution for performing audits pursuant to DIN EN ISO 19011. It may be integrated in existing IT landscapes via smartphone / tablet cameras.
iVision Audit is a remote auditing solution that makes for a new basis for conducting audits. The auditor or the specialist performs the audit on their computer at the location where they are based. It needs to be agreed in advance whether a co-auditor is used on-site or if the auditee deploys an employee as a co-auditor.
Because of the smartphone the co-auditor is wearing, the auditor can likewise hear and see what the co-auditor is hearing and seeing. As a supplement to that, evidence may be created, allocated and matched accordingly based on a checklist that has been uploaded beforehand, and the auditor can give additional information or instructions to the co-auditor.
Auditing evidence may be documented through image and / or video as well as text so that it can be documented in the auditing report afterward. The assessment by the auditor will either take place right away or in the aftermath together with the report creation.
Of course, a respective role and user conception has been put in place for several clients / auditors. Deployment of the software is also feasible while completing utilizing the client’s IT. Data is transmitted and stored in an encrypted manner right up to the optional supplementation of an automated report creation. Following the standard the audit is based on, the system may also be evaluated as another optional functionality.
The coverage ratio of the auditing scope is taken as the basis for that and assessed in an automated manner based on the evaluation.
Dr. Roland Scherb, who is a long-term auditor and the managing director of PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (Management Consultancy) GmbH (LLC), will show the requirements remote audits necessitate as well as the advantages they can generate based on a practical example.
He will also very clearly demonstrate the limits of the possibilities for their utilization and the accompanying risks, though. After an interesting talk lasting 30 minutes, Dr. Scherb will be around for answering your questions for 15 more minutes.
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The upvaluation of the audit plan provides an opportunity. The remote audit must be included under the audit plan and provide alternatives right up to a fallback plan in case of any problems and malfunctions.
Furthermore, the utilization of such new technologies brings decisive advantages in terms of time and costs. According to internal studies, clients can lower their costs for a single audit by 60 percent on average through the remote auditing software. The associated reduction of the impact on the environment, meaning the improvement of the eco-balance and the carbon footprint, are correlating positive scale effects.
The remote audit provides auditors who are supposed to conduct audits within crisis areas, be they affected by war, terrorism, or pandemics, likewise with significant opportunities. The flexibility that goes together with performing remote audits may prove advantageous, too. Remote audits will also entail the option of unplanned or unannounced audits if, for example, the authorities have imposed new requirements since they make it possible to check in a live manner and real time whether someone has reliably implemented their directives or not, contrarily to a traditional audit with a certain waiting period during which the auditee might take certain preparations accordingly in order to pass the audit successfully!
PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (Management Consultancy) GmbH (LLC) is one of the globally leading impulse generators in the quality management department. Its origins already date back to 1991. The registered office of the company has been in Baldham since 2011, and there is a branch office in Munich, Prinzregentenstraße as well. PeRoBa Unternehmensberatung (Management Consultancy) provides high-quality consulting, tests, checks, assessments, and evaluations in order to support clients in introducing and implementing their management systems. Besides, it offers audits, QM training, seminars, and workshops.
iVision® – Smart Remote Audit Solution, its innovative in-house software had been in the market since January 2016, and it was replaced by an enhanced version at the beginning of 2021. Company founder and owner Dr. Roland Scherb cooperates closely with universities and research institutions. Additionally, he is a lecturer and works as a speaker with the TÜV-Süd Akademie. Likewise, he is an author on the issue of remote audits.
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