Policy on Remote Audits
With the intent to facilitate an easy transition to the new certification program, the Rainforest Alliance Transition Rules allows all supply chain audits completed in the period from 1st July 2021 to 30th June 2022 to be conducted remotely. For farm certificate holders, onsite auditing in the farm context remains important. However, considering the continuous development of the Covid19 pandemic in different countries and regions, the Rainforest Alliance recognizes that farm audits will not always be able to be conducted onsite. This Policy on Remote Audits document seeks to provide a framework to determine when remote farm audits are allowable; details on what Certificate Holders (CHs) should consider when receiving a remote audit as well as details on what Certification Bodies (CBs) should consider when conducting a remote audit.