In addition to Finnish technical assessors and experts, FINAS' assessment team can include foreign assessors. In general, the foreign assessors used have been qualified as technical assessors in their own country where they have experience in accreditation assessments.
The use of a foreign technical assessor is always first discussed with the client. Either FINAS' lead assessor or other FINAS support person usually supports the foreign assessor during the assessment visits. There will be no costs for the client from the presence of a support person.
The foreign assessor must have advance material available to be able to familiarise him- or herself with the activities to be assessed.
Predominantly, it is FINAS' client's task to supply adequate material in a foreign language. FINAS can also handle the translation of the material, in which case the costs of the translation are invoiced from the client.
Description of the organisation (responsible persons), information on methods and equipment used, key figures (volume of operations, clients) and a summary of quality control methods (mainly results) can be essential material for the assessment. In addition, special requests of the foreign technical assessor/expert must be taken into account.