Remote audits are an increasingly common way to overcome barriers that prevent in-person audits. With the same goals, the virtual audit process covers the same ground as an on-site visit. Even regulators are embracing this trend with some performing remote audits or inspections under certain circumstances.
A virtual audit is pretty much what you’d expect. Rather than come in-person, the auditor connects with the hosting company online. This can involve electronic document sharing or a conference call between the two parties.
Conducting an audit virtually will naturally require some type of software. Certain types of software work better for virtual audits, though. A good example of this is an electronic quality management system (QMS) that enables easy file sharing between companies.
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