As most state COVID restrictions are lifted, the Consumer Services Examination Unit will transition back to conducting routine on-site examinations.
This does not mean that all examinations going forward will be on-site. Prior to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, a majority of the Unit’s examinations took place off-site.
In fact, 77 percent of all exams conducted in 2019 were off-site.
The examinations unit uses a number of factors to determine whether or not an examination will take place on-site at a company’s headquarters or off-site.
These factor include the company’s overall risk profile, the type of examination (e.g. full scope, limited scope) and the amount of business a licensed entity conducts in the State of Washington.
If your company is headquartered in Washington State, you will not incur travel costs associated with an on-site examination; however, licensees are responsible for out-of-state travel costs.
Washington examiners will be following safety guidelines established by the state’s Healthy Washington – Roadmap to Recovery: Phased reopening of Washington State agencies guidelines as well as the most up-to-date Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.