Red Tractor have advised NSTS of the following changes now allowed in relation to application equipment during the Coronavirus crisis. The normal procedure is that if a member has a non-compliance it has to be rectified within 28 days. This non-conformance timescale will now be extended by the Certification Body to allow for the current situation and forms part of the risk-based approach to assessments.
Red Tractor understands that members may find it practically impossible to maintain frequency of testing through third party services for a period of time, and in such cases a non-conformance is not an indication of fault. Gaps in compliance will be addressed when delivery of services are fully able to resume.
NSTS has recommended that every Examiner & Test Centre respect & follow government guidelines relating to COVID-19.