IAS ANNOUNCEMENT RELATED TO CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
In view of the significant health risks posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) – a public health emergency of international concern – the International Accreditation Service (IAS) has put in place several precautions, effective until further notice. The precautions are consistent with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) recommendations for strategies that businesses might implement to protect their employees, members and guests.
For the foreseeable future and until further notice:
- IAS will continue offering its accreditation services globally, utilizing remote assessment technologies for upcoming surveillance, reassessments and other types of assessments.
- Initial assessments’ methodology will be considered per case based on the risk level associated with each country. IAS may schedule under conditions, postpone or reschedule such assessments. Risk Assessment Level 1-3 localities are listed on the CDC’s website
- In addition, no individuals will be permitted to attend IAS meetings in person if they believe they have been in contact with anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19. This includes contact with individuals who have traveled through the CDC-published at-risk locations as well as places in the United States, such as Seattle, WA and New Rochelle, NY. Such individuals will be permitted to attend remotely (technology permitting).
IAS is closely monitoring developments relating to COVID-19 and will issue additional announcements as circumstances evolve.
The health and safety of our employees, clients, and guests are our top priority. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
For the latest information regarding the coronavirus disease, as well as information on prevention and travel precautions, visit CDC’s website.