LWG can now offer a temporary solution for when travel restrictions exist and there is no auditor present in the same country as the leather manufacturer wishing to be re-audited. This solution will be temporary and is effective from when it was initially announced on 20 October 2020.
The remote audit follows the LWG Audit Protocol, but with added evidence requirements. There is a two-stage audit process:
- Remote data gathering, as well as video conference call to tour the site. This will result in an initial certification that is valid for 1 year.
- The second stage is an on-site follow-up visit within 1 year of remote audit. If this requirement is met, the certification will be upgraded to be valid for 2 years.
The remote audit is only applicable to re-audits, and no new certifications can be attained using this option. Only companies based in countries where there are no local auditors present will be eligible for a remote audit. If there are any medal rating changes after a remote audit, it will need to be reviewed by the LWG Technical Subgroup.