COVID-19

This Policy shall be valid until September 30th 2020 or until further notice - whichever comes first.

This Policy will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and amended where applicable, due to the fast-changing nature of this extraordinary event.

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, and taking into consideration both the welfare of all those involved in the MarinTrust certification system and travel restrictions that are being put in place, MarinTrust has declared that it has invoked its Process on Handling Remote MarinTrust Factory and MarinTrust Chain of Custody Audits during Extraordinary Events of Circumstances with immediate effect. 

Covid Policy - Last updated 29 July 2020 - Version 1.1

Process on Handling Remote MarinTrust Factory and MarinTrust Chain of Custody Audits during Extraordinary Events of Circumstances - Last updated 29 July 2020 - Version 1.1 

MarinTrust Auditing Options and Scenarios

MarinTrust has agreed that for all MarinTrust audits to either its Factory Standard or its Chain of Custody Standard the following requirements shall need to be followed by its approved Certification Bodies. 

New Applicants

For all new applicants to the MarinTrust programme these shall be processed and made audit ready until the CB can execute the audit on-site following the agreed certification procedures and requirements. All new applications to either standard shall have their on-site audit postponed until the travel restrictions for the relevant location have been relaxed sufficiently to allow an approved auditor to conduct an on-site audit at these new facilities in a manner that is not imposing any COVID-19 related safety issues to the auditor or the applicant. CBs will be expected to arrange on-site audits as soon as possible after relevant restrictions are lifted. MarinTrust will make a note alongside the applicant certificate on the website that the audit was carried out remotely.

Surveillance Audits

All certified sites shall be required to have the annual surveillance audit to maintain the continuity of their certificate for either the MarinTrust Factory Standard or the MarinTrust CoC Standard. Where an on-site audit is not possible in affected areas[1], MarinTrust will permit a four (4) month extension a to complete this audit after the original 12 month due date. This is to allow for more time for CBs to conduct an on-site audit as the default requirement. If an on-site audit is not possible after granting such an extension, the audit shall be carried out remotely using the Process on Handling Remote MarinTrust Factory and MarinTrust Chain of Custody Audits[2] during Extraordinary Events and Circumstances and associated checklists. Where an on-site audit was not possible and the MarinTrust Remote Audit Procedure has been carried out, the site shall undergo an on-site audit within 6 months of the remote audit date.

It is important to note that the remote audit does not ‘replace’ a full onsite audit. The remote audit is acting as a holding place for the certificate holder until an on-site audit can be done. This onsite audit must be carried out within 6 months of the remote audit being conducted.

Re-certification Audits

All recertification applicants to either the MarinTrust Factory Standard or MarinTrust Chain of Custody Standard whose certification is due to expire within the validity date of this policy, shall have their current certificate extended by a period of up to 6 months by their CB from the date of certificate expiry. If an on-site audit cannot be completed within this time, the CB shall submit a remote audit request to MarinTrust.

[1] “Affected areas” are considered those countries, provinces, territories or cities experiencing ongoing transmission of COVID-19, in contrast to areas reporting only imported cases.” 

[2] ‘MarinTrust Remote Audit Procedure’ for short.