6.2.1 The overall policy for the audit team when
conducting the audit should be the objective, strategy and principles
as described in the Framework.
6.2.2 When conducting the audit, the members of
the audit team must strive to achieve the highest standards of objectivity,
impartiality and confidentiality. Correct behaviour is essential to
avoid any impression that there is a bias for or against the Member
State that is being audited.
6.2.3 To ensure transparency and consistency among
all members of the audit team, the team member(s) with a working knowledge
of the language of the Member States legislation and other relevant
documentation should assist with communication so as to minimize ambiguity
and risk of misunderstandings in the auditing process but should not
attempt independently to act as interpreter(s).
6.2.4 It should be recognized that the final result
of the audit, i.e. the audit report including its findings, is a very
sensitive document, as it gives the Member State an indication of
how it fulfils its role as a responsible party to the applicable mandatory
6.2.5 Audits may result in raising the awareness
and interest of the local media, employers organizations, trade unions,
etc., some of which may request interviews with the audit team. Such
interviews should only be conducted with the consent of, and in the
presence of, an official of the Member State. In such circumstances,
information provided by the audit team will be limited to explaining
its mandate and objectives.