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Preparing for Remote Assessments for Lab-related Programs

Thursday, May 21, 2020, 2:00-3:00 pm EDT

Overview:

The increased use of remote (or virtual) assessment techniques by accreditation bodies has changed the way assessments typically have been performed. Thus, the expectations of organizations being assessed also have changed. An organization’s ability to use technology and work effectively in a remote environment can affect the eligibility to receive this type of assessment and the overall success of the activity. Understanding what to expect and what is expected can make the difference between a positive assessment and a frustrating experience. Proper planning, preparation, and effective use of technology is key to the remote assessment process. Being able to use technology such as video devices to effectively demonstrate technical activities will have a positive impact on the assessment and allow for expanded use of the remote assessment process.

Takeaways:

  1. How accreditation bodies determine eligibility for a remote assessment activity
  2. Planning, preparation, and choosing the right technology to use for the assessment
  3. What to expect during a remote assessment
  4. Effective technical witnessing using remote techniques

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Remote Assessments for Lab-related Programs: Minimizing Risks That Could Affect Accreditation When On-Site Assessment is Not Possible

Overview:

Accreditation bodies use a risk-based approach to determine the oversight approach that is most appropriate for a specific scope of accreditation and accredited entity. Can the accreditation body obtain the required confidence in operation of the accredited entity through remote assessment? Can the accreditation body still meet the requirements of international accreditation by conducting other surveillance activities outside of on-site assessment? This is not a simple one-size-fits-all approach but has been implemented on a smaller scale when dealing with natural and manmade disasters.

Presenter: Jason Stine, ANAB Senior Director of Accreditation

Stine is in charge of accreditation activities relating to testing laboratories and supporting programs. He has worked for ANAB and been qualified as a lead assessor for more than 15 years. 

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The Importance of Continued Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

Overview:

Investing in continued learning is essential for individual and organizational survival.

No organization can remain competitive without investing in training of their staff to the latest developments within their industry. No individual can expect to remain a valued employee without having up-to-date knowledge in their field. Knowledge not only provides the individual with the ability to perform well, it also can provide self-esteem and self-worth beneficial for mental health, especially during this time of uncertainty.

Continued learning is more challenging when face-to-face interactions are limited or impossible, but never has there been a better time to invest in learning to prepare to hit the road running when this terrible time comes to an end. Knowledge is power, even though it may take a few months before we can fully unleash it.

Takeaways:

  • Benefits of continued learning to individuals
  • Benefits of continued learning to organizations
  • Challenges of remote learning
  • How to make remote learning work for you
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic will reshape the learning industry

Presenter: Natalia Larrimer, ANAB Senior Manager, Training Business

Larrimer manages ANAB's training business. Her 16-year career in the conformity assessment industry includes positions in business development and management of accreditation services and within the Canadian and U.S. regulatory frameworks. Prior to joining ANAB in 2014, Larrimer spent more than 10 years working with the Standards Council of Canada. Her portfolio includes work with industry groups and standards-developing committees as well as delivery of educational sessions on sector-specific programs, accreditation, and international accreditation frameworks.

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