**SALSA AUDIT UPDATE**


**SALSA AUDIT UPDATE**

After review of the new national lockdown restrictions announced on January 4th 2021 and those imposed by the devolved administrations there is currently no change to the current audit provisions from SALSA.

We will therefore continue to offer onsite audits (Full, Hybrid and Staged) – subject to risk assessment and protocol, agreed between the auditor and auditee in advance. The protocol for onsite auditing and the accompanying risk assessment have been revised and will continue to be re-evaluated in line with Government Guidelines.

Businesses who are not able to receive visitors, (or whose auditors have assessed the risk too great to visit the site), should undertake a staged audit by undertaking a remote assessment, to be followed by an onsite visit, as soon as is practical thereafter.

If you are looking to gain or maintain SALSA Approval, please read the following “SALSA Approval During Covid-19 Restrictions – Member Guide” to fully understand the options that are available to you and help your decision making.

Note: A Certificate Extension can be arranged, where it is necessary to prevent certificate expiry before an audit (hybrid, staged or onsite) can take place. The extension to the certificate is not an extension to approval but allows a site to maintain their certification, subject to risk assessment and submission of requested documents.

New members will require an onsite visit to become approved. Please contact the SALSA Team to advise on your options.

We believe that we have created a system that brings flexibility to adapt to what is an ever changing situation. An individual businesses can choose the option that best fits their needs and requirements. If you need further help in understanding which option is best for you, then please contact the SALSA Team or discuss with your auditor.