I would like to ask your opinion regarding the following statement from our CB. Our certificate is valid until May 2020
Due to the outbreak of corona virus, our scheduled unannounced audit can't be performed.
Currently, we already get the approval from BRC to have the remote audit for ONLY BRC Scheme but unfortunately IFS does not allow any CB to have remote audit because IFS has mention as remote audits are only suitable for document inspection and do not allow for the reliable auditing of the production site.
The existing IFS certificates remain valid until the end of their term and will then lose their validity. Due to not possible to extend IFS cert basing on remote audit (this is IFS decision at the moment), you can consider to pause IFS certification audits on a risk-based basis until the coronavirus epidemic is contained and we will schedule IFS on site audit together with BRC on site audit which hopefully before your IFS certificate expiry date. But we would also highlight that your IFS certificate expiry date will remained and worst case your IFS certificate will lose the validity if we cannot do the IFS onsite audit before your expiry date.