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The Remote Auditing Course REMOTE LEARNING

REMOTE LEARNING - this course will be delivered to you live online from the UK. 

Course Information

A  two day course specifically designed to provide participants with an understanding of the methods that can be applied to the conduct of remote audits.  Analyse the difference between remote and face-to-face audits and the strengths and limitations of each approach.  It uses scenarios for the conduct of remote audits (there is an alternative courses for conduct of on-site audits - The Auditing Course)

The course is applicable to any area of regulated research and development. It is particularly valuable where there is a quality system requirement for audit. In order to gain maximum benefit from the course it is recommended that participants have personal experience of audit.

The course applies to all types of audit and develops the concepts and learning delivered in the RQA’s research quality assurance courses; ‘Research Quality Assurance for Good Laboratory Practice’, ‘Good Clinical Practice Auditing – Principles and Practice’ and ‘Good Manufacturing Practice for Investigational Medicinal Products’.

The course is applicable to any area of regulated research and development. It is particularly valuable where there is a quality system requirement for audit. In order to gain maximum benefit from the course it is recommended that participants have personal experience of audit.

Benefits include improved

  • Understand the processes of planning, conducting, reporting and follow-up of audits
  • Recognising the importance of personal approach in developing positive audit outcomes
  • Ability to analyse evidence and present logical audit findings
  • Appreciate the importance of audit in continuing improvement

This course is structured to encourage delegates to

  • Discuss and develop ideas
  • Solve problems
  • Exchange information

 

Course Tutors

Tutors will be comprised from the list below:

Andrew Waddell
Managing Director, Tower Mains (Course Principal)

Beverley Brummitt
Director, Wider Perspectives Ltd

Cate Ovington
Principal Associate, Tower Mains 

Recent Feedback

"RQA did a fantastic job bringing this Remote Auditing Course! Everything from the presentations and workshop activities, to the Q&A sessions and accessing documents via Moodle, it all felt very seamless! I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking to grow as an auditor."
"Really well set out in the training pesentations, followed up by good examples of different types of behaviour and communication approaches during remote audits."
"Focused on having an effective audit rather than just a tick box exercise. Also encouraged us to not audit out of habit, which is a great point!"

 

Course Programme 

Please note timings may be subject to alteration

 

Day 1

09:00  Course Administration 
 09:15 Welcome and Introductions
 09:35 Introduction to Audits
Delegates explore the range of audits which they have experienced, define the purpose of each audit type and establish which of those audits are performed to meet regulatory requirements.
 10:05 Introduction to Remote Audits
Presentation to introduce the major differences between face-to-face audits and remote audits.  The major elements of audits will be examined to determine where there may be differences.
 10:30 Break 
 10:45 Workshop 1 - Remote Audits
This workshop will examine participants experience or understanding of the differences between face-to-face and remote audits.
 11:15 Workshop 1 - feedback
 11:35 Audit Preparation
The essential steps in preparation for audits will be discussed with emphasis on remote audits.
 12:05 Workshop 2 - Remote Audit Preparation
Factors relating to the preparation for remote audits will be considered in discussion groups.
 12:35 Workshop 2 - feedback
 12:50 Lunch
 13:30 Audit Logistics
Preparation for the audit includes many arrangements other than the audit content.  
 14:00 Workshop 3 - Audit Logistics
Delegates will discuss some of the issues that may occur during the set up and conduct of remote audits and how to resolve them.
 14:30 Workshop 3 - feedback
 14:45 Break
 15:00 The Opening Meeting
Presentation regarding the importance and content of the opening meeting.
 15:20 Workshop 4 - Opening Meeting
Delegates will consider the practicalities of arranging and conducting an opening meeting.
 15:45 Workshop 4 - feedback
 16:10 Audit Conduct Tools
Practical advice on preparation of some of the tools that will be valuable in the conduct of audits.
 16:40 Questions and Answers
An overview of the first day and a chance to ask questions
 17:00 Close of day
 

 Day 2

 09:00 Reflections on Day 1
Recap on the topics covered and a chance for delegates to raise points.
 09:15 Gathering Evidence
Presentation on challenges of gathering evidence and conducting interviews during remote audits.
 09:45 Workshop 5 - Remote Interviews
Scenarios of different remote interviews will be played and delegates assess the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
 10:15 Break
 10:30 Creating Audit Findings
Ideas regarding how to create good audit findings will be discussed during this short presentation.
 10:50 Workshop 6 - Creating Audit Findings
Delegates will be provided with examples of evidence from an audit.  They will discuss these and create their audit findings for presentation at the closing meeting. 
 11:35 The Closing Meeting
The content and conduct of the closing meeting will be discussed.
 11:55 Workshop 7(a) - Preparing for the Closing Meeting
The findings from workshop 6 will be reviewed and a Lead Auditor selected to provide feedback in workshop 7(b) 
 12:15 Workshop 7(b) - The Closing Meeting
The Lead Auditor from each group will hold a meeting to present the results (role play).
 12:45  Lunch
 13:30 The Audit Report
This presentation will cover not only the essential contents of the audit report but also how to write the report in a manner that will generate the most positive reaction.
 14:00 Workshop 8 - The Audit Report
Delegates will be provided with an audit report from an audit conducted remotely and will conduct a peer review of the report in their breakout groups.
 15:00 Workshop 8 - feedback
 15:20 Break 
 15:35 Audit Closure
Presentation on how to conclude the audit with reference to post-audit activities.
 15:55 Open Forum
 16:30 Close of course
   

 

Course Material

This course will be run completely online. You will receive an email with a link to our online system, which will house your licensed course materials and access to the remote event. 

The advantages of this include

  • Ability for delegates to keep material on a mobile device
  • Ability to review material at any time pre and post course 
  • Environmental benefits – less paper being used per course
  • Access to an online course group to enhance networking

You will need a stable internet connection, a microphone and a webcam. 

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