The time has come, the audit is over. Now you will shortly receive a preliminary action plan in .xls format, which your auditor will send you by e-mail. In it, you should now enter the corrections and the corrective actions for each deviation or non-conformity, always provided with a deadline, a responsible person and the status of implementation.
Please note that all corrections and corrective actions must also be translated into English.
What is the difference between a correction
and a corrective action?
A corrective action is an action aimed at eliminating an identified deviation and/or nonconformity in the short term. A corrective action goes deeper and aims to eliminate the root cause of an identified deviation and/or nonconformity. So while a corrective action has a short-term effect, a corrective action has a long-term effect.
How much time do I have for the corrective action or
Once you receive the preliminary corrective action plan, you have a maximum of four weeks to return the completed plan to the auditor as an .cls file and submit evidence of implementation.
Corrections should be implemented as soon as possible. IFS specifies that within four weeks of receipt of the preliminary action plan at the latest, the evidence of implementation must be complete and properly submitted to the certification body. If this deadline is not met, the company must undergo a full IFS initial or recertification audit.
IFS also gives tight deadlines for certification bodies to complete the process. It is therefore important that you send your auditor the evidence of implementation after three weeks at the latest, so that any necessary follow-up work can be carried out. This will ensure that the four-week deadline is not exceeded.