We are following the situation closely and briefing staff continually to ensure appropriate measures are implemented throughout the organisation to safeguard against the impacts of the virus.
While some of our offices have been closed due to national lock down, our staff has been asked to work from home wherever possible in order to proceed with the delivery of our services and projects as efficiently as the current situation allows. We have paused our training courses until the end of June 2020.
We have also given careful consideration on how we can best protect the integrity and credibility of the certification systems we work with during this time. We invite all clients, partners and stakeholders to collaborate with us on ensuring this.
New plans for Training
In consideration of the escalating situation related to COVID-19 virus outbreak and to safeguard our participants and trainers health and safety NEPCon has decided to postpone the training events scheduled until end of June 2020. We are looking forward to rescheduling and resuming the training events as soon as the situation allows.
In the meantime, NEPCon's Training Hub offers great materials to familiarize yourself with FSC Forest Management and Chain of Custody processes.
Feel free to browse hours of video content and quizzes from our expert trainers available in English, Russian, French and Spanish. All for free!
We are also preparing full FSC online courses to give our participants an option to participate and get their training certificate without leaving home!
Following the recent FSC derogation (FSC-DER-2020-004) which allows remote auditor trainings in case travel restrictions are in place.
Check out our Training Calendar and register to courses to receive updates on new dates!
A risk-based approach to audits
NEPCon is using a risk-based approach to determine appropriate measures for planned audits in each country, or, if relevant, region. Depending on the specific risk assessment, NEPCon may conduct on-site audits with comprehensive additional safety measures or substitute on-site audits with partially or fully remote audits, if the scheme in question allows it.
We are in contact with relevant certification scheme directives on this matter and our staff will be in touch with all clients who have audits planned in the coming months.
We realise that the situation can change rapidly and are constantly monitoring developments to update the risk level and adjust procedures if needed.
Read our full Policy on Auditing during COVID-19 Outbreak, including a guide to our risk classification, here.
We have also created an updated map of our current COVID-19 risk designations in relation to NEPCon's auditing activities.
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While we are doing our best to keep these risk designations updated and accurate, we can only do this according to the best of our knowledge and information available at any given time. Therefore, we cannot take liability for the information presented on the map. If you have any feedback on this map, please contact us at email@example.com.
Please note that this map does not necessarily coincide with other risk maps of COVID-19 transmission – please consult your local authorities for information on the situation in your country or region regarding this matter.
Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about future trainings.