9. What does a CB do about a facility that is in any form of ‘lockdown’ where all the employees are dispersed to their homes? Does the audit team audit the Quality Director and President on clauses 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 for a few hours then defer the rest of the audit to the following year? At what point in time is it no longer a viable audit? Is there any difference for surveillance 1, surveillance 2, re-certification audits?
It depends. This scenario is very specific and such scenarios should be evaluated with CB audit planning actions determined on a case-by-case basis. At some point CBs need to evaluate the level of available audit information and what is needed to support their certificate decision.