Yesterday evening, FORS announced the suspension of all Bronze audits. They went back on their earlier statement that audits would continue as normal. All FORS operators will have their accreditation countdown clocks paused until further notice, this will allow operators to take a breather and re-book their Bronze FORS audits at a later date.
Silver & Gold applications can still be submitted, as these are checked remotely by a senior auditor within Fleet Source or AA Drivetech.
TMconsultant will still continue to support all its clients with Bronze and Silver assistance, Nick Wilson TMconsultant’s founder comments, ”We have received a surge in Silver upgrade requests in recent days, where operators are trying to be as productive as possible. Our consultants are ready to deal with all enquiries and help in any way we can.”
We have included the official statement from FORS below, for your information.
Suspension of FORS audits from Monday 23 March
Members are advised that with effect from Monday 23 March 2020 all FORS Bronze site audit activity will be suspended until further notice.
Organisations with audits booked to take place up to and including Monday 23 March 2020 can cancel them if they wish and receive a full audit refund. Cancellation charges will not apply.
Organisations with audits booked to take place after Monday 23 March 2020 will receive a full refund and cancellation charges will not apply.
The Silver and Gold evidencing system will remain open for organisations that wish to submit an application for auditing but this is optional.
From 23 March until further notice your FORS accreditation status will be maintained at its current level and there will be no Bronze, Silver or Gold downgrades where accreditation dates are exceeded.
Registered companies seeking to achieve Bronze status should contact the FORS Helpline by email for further advice: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will continue to monitor the situation closely and issue further updates as required.
Please refer to the FORS Frequently Asked Questions for further information about Covid-19 and FORS auditing and FORS training.
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