A Guideline for conducting Fieldwork during COVID-19
Since lockdown regulations were lifted to Level 1, the intent within the post school
education and training (PSET) sector has been for institutions to actively re-engage in
pre-COVID-19 activities, including fieldwork. (0.1 CPD credits in category1)
CPD Guidelines – The South African Good Practice Guidelines for Operational Monitoring for Bats at Wind Energy Facilities
This document, which is principally directed at ecological consultants, environmental personnel at wind farms, and environmental authorities, provides technical guidance on bat activity and fatality monitoring at operational wind farms in South Africa.
CPD Guidelines – Pre-Construction Monitoring of Bats at Wind Energy Facilities
This document provides technical guidance on bat monitoring for proposed wind farms in South Africa. It is principally directed at ecological consultants and environmental impact assessment practitioners to ensure that pre-construction bat studies are sufficiently comprehensive for the evaluation of wind farm applications by authorities.
There are requirements to perform internal audits in almost all quality management standards e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 17020 and ISO 17025. But the requirements on the auditors are rather limited in all these standards. In this Cook Book the role of the internal auditor is discussed.
CPD Article – SOFTWARE VALIDATION IN ISO17025 (Dos, Don’ts and Difficulties)
The analysis by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of 3140 medical device recalls
conducted between 1992 and 1998 revealed that 242 of them (7.7%) were attributable to
software failures . This is software written and installed by reputable firms that comply to
FDA regulations. ISO17025 accredited laboratories often rely on software routines and Office
scripts that are written in-house by a user that has a basic idea of how Excel works. How much
more is this type of software likely to fail?
CPD Article – Laboratory Risk Management and Assessment (On ISO 17025 perspective)
ISO 17025, in its most basic form, encompasses a management system for laboratories to
ensure competence and continued improvement through risk management. A successful
laboratory business therefore needs to manage operational, business and technical risks to
facilitate secure, safe, healthy and environmentally acceptable operations.